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Technological innovations and hospital performance: a systematic review of the literature

Authors Zengul F, Weech-Maldonado R, Savage GT

Received 31 May 2014

Accepted for publication 26 August 2014

Published 8 December 2014 Volume 2014:1 Pages 13—26

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IEH.S63131

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Rubin Pillay


Ferhat D Zengul,1 Robert Weech-Maldonado,1 Grant T Savage2

1Department of Health Services Administration, 2Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA

Abstract: Given the ongoing concerns about health care quality and costs during the 21st century, significant attention has been focused on the clinical and financial performance of US hospitals. On one hand, hospitals have been adopting various clinical technologies to improve their clinical quality and financial performance. On the other hand, there is no comprehensive study that has examined the research evidence on the relationship between clinical high technology and hospital performance (clinical and financial). This systematic literature review attempts to account for the technology–performance link in US hospitals by focusing on clinical technologies and services. The review confirms the paucity of research on this topic and reveals that there are mixed findings across research studies. It also provides directions and recommendations for future research by identifying major gaps in the existing literature.

Keywords: clinical performance, financial performance, hospital technology, quality

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