Fingerprints in place of passwords: A study of technology adoption in the nursing profession

by Francisco, James R., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 146 pages; 3398359


Health care is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandates the implementation of information systems security to protect the personal information of patients. Properly planned implementations ease the process of introducing new technologies like security systems into the workplace. Technology acceptance models can provide valuable information to managers as they prepare to introduce these new systems. This study applies the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology to investigate factors that influence nurses working in clinical setting to use a simple information technology security device such as a fingerprint scanner. Nurses working in the Southwestern United States were surveyed and their responses incorporated into the study. This study reinforces the results of previous work with respect to the importance of performance expectations to the development of intentions to adopt technology. Age of the respondent has a moderating influence on the performance expectations. Facilitating conditions moderated by professional experience also has a significant influence on the intent to adopt.

AdviserRichard E. Yellen
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Information technology; Nursing; Health care management
Publication Number3398359

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