Factors Affecting the Adoption of Connected Objects in e-Health: A Mixed Methods Approach
Keywords:, e-health, adoption, connected objects, mixed methods approach, perceived convenience
The development of connected objects (COs) offers a new perspective on both e-health and the economy; however, the factors leading to the adoption of e-health and COs remain somewhat misunderstood. Using a sequential combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, this study investigates the factors affecting the adoption of COs in e-health. After conducting semi-structured interviews, a research model was developed and tested on a sample of 226 professionals in an online survey. The findings of this mixed methods study indicate that perceived convenience and social influence mainly affect adoption. Five other factors were also found to contribute to CO adoption: compatibility, object interoperability, object integration, result demonstrability and reputation. This study contributes to the understanding of CO adoption in e-health and provides useful insight into how to successfully launch connected devices.
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