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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Chauhan, Muhammad Zain
Author's Email Address muhammad.z.chauhan@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07182017-160342
Title Applying an Institutional Perspective to the Adoption of Health Information Technology in Dental Clinics in Tennessee
Degree Master of Arts
Department Medicine, Health, and Society
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
JuLeigh Petty, Ph.D. Committee Member
Martha Jones, Ph.D. Committee Member
  • institutional theory
  • health IT
  • adoption
  • electronic dental records
  • electronic health records
  • Dentistry
Date of Defense 2017-07-12
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Over the past several years, increasing the adoption of interoperable EHRs has been one of central goals of the US healthcare system. This study is the first known state-wide assessment of adoption rates of EDRs and certified EHRs in dental clinics in Tennessee. Institutional theory is used in this work as a conceptual framework to examine factors associated with the adoption of EDRs and EHRs. Also included is a historical analysis of factors that contributed to the medical-dental divide and subsequent formation of the organization and institutional forms of dentistry. Through a survey methodological approach, it was found that institutional factors, in the manner that they were operationalized, do not have a major impact on the adoption of information technology in dentistry.
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