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Obstacles to the adoption of radio frequency identification technology in the emergency rooms of hospitals
by Charlie C. Chen, Jiinpo Wu, Richard E. Crandall
International Journal of Electronic Healthcare (IJEH), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007


Abstract: The Emergency Room (ER) receives patients in critical conditions. The operation of many emergency service chains is hampered because the required medical equipment is not always conveniently available and patient vital signs are manually monitored, but not automatically tracked on a real-time basis. This has resulted in medical errors, increased stress levels of medical teams, and poor utilisation of staff and equipment. Our research investigates factors that contribute to the adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies by the medical team in ERs. We propose a theoretical framework to address this issue based upon the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) theory.

Online publication date: Sat, 07-Apr-2007


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