Module 2 introduces you to the various theories and models specific to technology adoption. A theory is used to guide research and the associated concepts should be aligned with the phenomenon that is the focus of the research. There are also a number of theories that nurses borrow from other disciplines when looking to introduce innovative technology. The most widely recognized theory is Rogers’ diffusion of innovation theory that was developed in 1962 and updated in 2003. Models include the technology acceptance models (TAM and TAM 2), and the concerns-based adoption model (C-BAM). We will explore these theories and models briefly to get you thinking about how technology is adopted. While theories and models discussed in this module are presented in the context of health information systems, the application of these models to the adoption of other technologies is certainly appropriate.
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
- Apply theories of adoption of new technology to the adoption of innovative healthcare technologies
- Describe nursing’s role in the adoption of healthcare technology
- Discuss factors that can influence the adoption of healthcare technology
- Explain strategies to overcome barriers to adoption of technology