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ERIC Number: ED570035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 149
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ISBN: 978-1-3397-6778-9
A Productivity Analysis of Adopting Information Technology for the Treatment of Autism, with Case Studies
Dao, Philip
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The adoption of information technology might improve the productivity of autism treatment centers. Productivity improvement might resolve the problem of the insufficient supply of autism treatment service. The problem caused tremendous financial burdens to private individuals and public healthcare systems. The researcher explored the relationships between the costs of treatment and various information technologies being employed. The effectiveness of the technologies in relations to operating efficiency of treatment centers was examined and analyzed. In the research, case studies with an explorative qualitative approach focused on the contextual nature of experiences in the use of information technology in autism treatment services in Toronto area. Each participant of six study cases in the research project was experienced therapist engaging in daily autism treatment activities. The inquiry was based on semi-structured and in-depth interviews to obtain insight from the respondents. Their experience in using information technologies, such as videofn modeling and tablet applications, was analyzed and categorized into themes for tabulation analysis. From the six case studies, the researcher found that the model of productivity possibility curve could not explain the outcome of technology application in autism treatment business. All participants did not see significant efficiency and productivity improvement with the new technologies as intensive clinical interaction with therapists was crucial in behavior intervention. While implementing new technologies incurred additional costs, it did not impact the structure of operating expenses of autism treatment business. The treatment price per hour paid by patients remained unchanged regardless of what type of information technology was being applied. It was concluded that in autism treatment business, the application of information technology did not lead to an increase in service supply or reduction of the treatment price. The well-being of patient improved as a result of better treatment outcome or improved quality of treatment services, rather than an increase in consumer surplus with service price reduction. Future studies on this topic could focus on government-run treatment centers where larger information systems would be available for evaluating their impact on service supply and service price after the systems were implemented. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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