Factors that cause industries to lead or lag in use of information technology: does health care lag?

Top Health Inf Manage. 1999 Nov;20(2):91-103.


The rate of diffusion of information technology varies among industries, as does its resultant added value. The different paces of work transformation are determined by the opportunities of the differing work processes, efficiency of exchange of workplace ideas, and relationships among constituencies. The differences raise the question of why the maturation process is accelerated (or restrained) in different industries, how the health care industry fares in comparison, and how information technology may be more effectively used as health care evolves toward new forms of work interaction, control mechanisms, and information technology management paradigms and as information processing moves toward higher levels of complexity.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers
  • Capital Expenditures
  • Computer Systems / economics
  • Computer Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Contract Services
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Care Sector* / trends
  • Information Management
  • Information Systems / economics
  • Information Systems / organization & administration
  • Information Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Interdepartmental Relations
  • Software
  • United States
  • Work