ICT can play a vital role in facilitating quality care and support for people living with chronic illness. Recently, there has been a proliferation of ICT-enabled consumer health devices. These devices can enable individual patients more precise monitoring and control of chronic conditions, and can generate information and statistics for analysis by health professionals. The adoption of the ICT-enabled consumer technologies by patients often relies on the co-adoption of related innovations, work practices, analytical tools and information systems by their health professionals. In healthcare, adoption is influenced by other stakeholders such as health insurers, the patient's family, chronic disease support groups, etc. This paper addresses the individual adoption of ICT-enabled innovations when multiple stakeholders are involved. We report on a case study of the adoption of ICT-enabled “smartpumps” by pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. We find that the patient should be theorised as adopter, but also as influencer under certain conditions. We develop propositions to explain adoptive behaviour as the adopter/influencer seeks to achieve congruence of interests in a stakeholder network. Our findings help explain why the adoption of ICT-enabled health innovations can occur swiftly in some situations, yet proceed slowly in others.
Adoption, Healthcare, ICT, Consumer
ISBN: [978-1-86435-644-1]; Full paper
Scheepers, Rens; Davis, Hilary; Sonenberg, Liz; and Howard, Steve, "Consumer Health ICT And The Patient In The Middle: Adopter And/Or Influencer?" (2011). PACIS 2011 Proceedings. 165.