Electronic Discovery and the Adoption of Information Technology

36 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2009 Last revised: 5 Feb 2014

Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Catherine E. Tucker

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

Date Written: 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.

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

JEL Classification: I12, I18, K13, O33

Suggested Citation

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

Amalia R. Miller

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States

HOME PAGE: http://people.virginia.edu/~am5by/

Catherine E. Tucker (Contact Author)

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

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E62-536
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cetucker.scripts.mit.edu

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