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Electronic Discovery and the Adoption of Information Technology


Amalia R. Miller


University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Catherine Tucker


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS)

November 1, 2011


Abstract:     
After firms adopt electronic information and communication technologies, their decision-making leaves a trail of electronic information that may be more extensive and accessible than a paper trail. We ask how the threat of litigation affects decisions to adopt technologies that leave more of an electronic trail, by exploring the case of electronic medical records (EMRs). EMRs allow hospitals to document electronically both patient symptoms and health providers' reactions to those symptoms. We find evidence that hospitals are one-third less likely to adopt EMRs if there are state rules that facilitate the use of electronic records in court.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: healthcare IT, electronic discovery, technology adoption, medical malpractice

JEL Classification: I12, I18, K13, O33

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Date posted: June 18, 2009 ; Last revised: February 5, 2014

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Miller, Amalia R. and Tucker, Catherine, Electronic Discovery and the Adoption of Information Technology (November 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1421244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1421244

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Amalia R. Miller
University of Virginia (UVA) - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 400182
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States
HOME PAGE: http://people.virginia.edu/~am5by/
Catherine Tucker (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
HOME PAGE: http://cetucker.scripts.mit.edu
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