Radio frequency identification-enabled capabilities in a healthcare context: An exploratory study

Robert Hornyak, Mark Lewis, Balaji Sankaranarayan

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Increasingly, the adoption and use of radio frequency identification systems in hospital settings is gaining prominence. However, despite the transformative impact that radio frequency identification has in healthcare settings, few studies have examined how and why this change may occur. The purpose of this study is to systematically understand how radio frequency identification can transform work practices in an operational process that directly impacts cost and operational efficiency and indirectly contributes to impacting patient safety and quality of care. We leverage an interdisciplinary framework to explore the contextual characteristics that shape the assimilation of radio frequency identification in healthcare settings. By linking the use of radio frequency identification with specific contextual dimensions in healthcare settings, we provide a data-driven account of how and why radio frequency identification can be useful in inventory management in this setting. In doing so, we also contribute to recent work by information systems scholars who argue for a reconfiguration of conventional assumptions regarding the role of technology in contemporary organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-578
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • information technology in healthcare
  • organizational context
  • radio frequency identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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