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Capabilities for incremental innovation: the adoption of electronic health records


Jacobson, D and Robertson, P, Capabilities for incremental innovation: the adoption of electronic health records, Traditionell Innovativ: Festschrift fur Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen zum 65. Geburtstag, Edition Sigma, J Abel, G Bender, K Hahn (ed), Berlin, pp. 83-99. ISBN 9783836035934 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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The focus of his chapter is on the compatibility issues generated by a substantial diffuse innovation in a well-established sector with an existing carefully developed set of practices, and on the barriers to change that are generated as a result. The innovation is the introduction of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and the sector is healthcare. Our argument is that the introduction of a national EHR system, although very substantial, requires incremental innovations that frequently must be adjusted so that they can be assimilated into existing arrays of equipment and established patterns of personal relationships. The technological knowledge required for the implementation of a national EHR system is extant, external to the individual implementers of EHRs. To achieve compatibility between old and new relationships and equipment, however, does require creative thinking to generate necessary adjustments and modifications. Although in some cases these may be undertaken within the innovating organisation, it is often necessary to draw on external knowledge in order to manage change efficiently.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:incremental innovation, electronic health records, capabilities, barriers
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Robertson, P (Professor Paul Robertson)
ID Code:87722
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2013-12-04
Last Modified:2014-11-06

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