Publication Details

Sargent, J. P., Burgess, L., Cooper, J., Alcock, C. & Ryan, D. (2005). Exploring end-user perceptions towards mandated deployment of PDA-based health information systems within Ambulatory Care. In A. Karduck (Eds.), Collaborative Electronic Commerce Technology and Research (pp. 1-14). Germany: Furtwangen University.


The impact of many well intentioned technology integration projects has not always been viewed favourably. In fact, many projects are destined to fail from the outset by not considering fundamental IT system inves tment risks (technical failure, data failure, user failure, organizational failure) [Lyytinen & Hirschiem, 1987]. With any new technology ‘an element of uncertainty exists in the minds of decision makers with respect to the successful adoption of them’ [Bagozzi et al, 1992]. Uncertainty towards adopting new technologies is not solely the domain of decision makers. Apart from chief technology and information officers, system administrators and help desk personnel, those who ultimately feel the greatest impac t and transformation upon work practices from any newly adopted technology application or process are end-users. In mandated technology integration environments, impressions may exist whereby any form of consultative input from end-users is inherently removed, leaving end-users disillusioned with the mandated technology. This research uses an adapted version of Kline’s Groupware Adoption Scale [Kline, 2001] in a preliminary study to ascertain end-user perceptions towards the proposed mandated implementation of a PDA-based point-of-care information system (ePOC) in The Ambulatory Care Team (TACT), Northern Illawarra, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health Service.