Graduate School of Business


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Ron Morgan


Healthcare management, health information systems (HIS), electronic health records (EHR), flexible design, qualitative research methods, constructivist




The evolution of medicinal practices has partnered with the dynamic nature of technology to produce health information systems (HIS). This type of equipment allows medical facilities to exchange data and offers patients the autonomy to monitor and control their health data. While this connotation seems revolutionary and ideal for all members involved in healthcare, several deficiencies have been noted throughout literature to include decentralized electronic health records (EHRs) and decreased accessibility, affordability, and quality of care. This study was compartmentalized into three separate sections to evaluate why organizations are delaying in their efforts to adopt a nationally accessible HIS/EHR system. The first section, the foundation of the study, sought to provide an understanding of the topic of HIS/EHR and presents several bouts of information to include how this technology has evolved into its current state. Moreover, awareness is given to the problem and purpose of the study and provides a focal point for the research by listing and elaborating the research questions and conceptual framework. Clarifying elements such as the definition of terms, assumptions, limitations, and delimitations are identified while also discussing the significance this study will have to relevant aspects of literature, the Christian ethos, and healthcare management. Lastly, a review of the professional and academic literature helps explain the vastness of this problem and how it directly relates to the problem statement. As the study progresses into Section 2, the project, readers begin to ascertain preparatory research functions and comprehend why aspects of the foundation of the study are suitable for this research. Furthermore, discussion of the practices utilized throughout the collection, organization, and analysis of data was explicitly detailed to abate any confusion further and ensure maximum success during the research process. This section concludes with clarification and thorough explanation of how the data were defended. Within the last section, presentation of the results, raw data were analyzed and a synopsis of specific elements pertaining to the collected data and research process was detailed. This included statistical data and then progressed into more direct discussions, such as the identified themes found within the raw data. This information then linked the data back to the material within the foundation of the study to show any dissimilarities or correlations. Additionally, an association of the material with consideration to practical matters was provided as the researcher discussed improving general business practices, potential application strategies, application to professional practices, and recommendations for further studies. This section concluded with personal ruminations about individual and professional growth in addition to biblical associations. To close the entirety of the study, an overall summation of each section and a reiteration of the synopsis helped to emphasize the importance and relevance of this work.

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