Title: Physicians' acceptance of mobile communication technology: an exploratory study

Authors: Shengnan Han, Pekka Mustonen, Matti Seppanen, Markku Kallio

Addresses: Turku Centre for Computer Science (TUCS), Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research (IAMSR), Abo Akademi University, Lemminkainengatan, 14 B, 20520 Abo/Turku, Finland. ' The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, PL713, Kalevankatu 11A, 00101, Helsinki, Finland. ' The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, PL713, Kalevankatu 11A, 00101, Helsinki, Finland. ' The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, PL713, Kalevankatu 11A, 00101, Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: The study aims to contribute to the research on technology acceptance behaviour of professional physicians by extending its theoretical validity and empirical applicability in a new mobile communication technology context. We propose and empirically examine a research model using data collected from 151 physicians working in the healthcare sector in Finland; with the aid from previous research into the adoption of information systems, mainly TAM, UTAUT and PIIT. The results suggest that our proposed model could provide adequate explanations for physicians| intentions to use the mobile system (Nagelkerke R² = 0.654). The important determinants of physicians| behavioural intentions in early exposure to the mobile system are: perceived usefulness, the interaction effects of PIIT and age on ease of use, and of age on compatibility. Gender and hands-on experience of the system have different effect on physicians| perceptions of the system.

Keywords: mobile communications; technology adoption; professional physicians; mobile medical information systems; behavioural intentions; Finland; gender; hands-on experience; electronic healthcare; e-healthcare.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2006.008610

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2006 Vol.4 No.2, pp.210 - 230

Published online: 10 Jan 2006 *

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