Meeting the need for rapid adoption of technologies to enable better efficiency, quality and safety is a major challenge for the NHS. This research seeks to provide important insights into the process of adoption that can be used to inform technology adoption policy and management of individual adoption projects. It includes adoption projects that are supported by members of other NHS organisations and technology adoption support agencies (such as the NHS National Technology Adoption Centre) and also projects that receive no such support.
Most existing studies of technology adoption are based upon data collected after adoption has taken place but these are longitudinal studies that are collecting data as the projects develop. The research methods being used include observation of project meetings, interviews with members of project teams and analysis of project documents. The data collected will be used to develop case studies of the projects that can in turn be used to generate the insights. The results from this research will be important in informing both technology adoption policy and management of individual adoption projects.