DOI: 10.1177/20552076231191892 ISSN: 2055-2076

The effect of digitalization on service orientation and service perception among Israeli healthcare professionals: A qualitative study

Lior Naamati-Schneider
  • Health Information Management
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy


Healthcare systems globally are adapting to rapid changes, including digitalization, to thrive. The main objective of this study is to investigate the impact of adapting to rapid changes, including embracing digitalization on the services provided by healthcare organizations, by mapping the healthcare professionals’ perceptions and characterizing their experiences, as well as examining the difficulties and barriers they face in transforming their organization.


This qualitative study, based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with 38 healthcare professionals, examines the impact of embracing digitalization in service and clinical care and their perception of service. Interviews were analyzed using a categorial deductive and inductive approach across three levels.


Eight main themes arose from the analysis: The need for change, The importance of change, Communication, Training, Competitive leverage, Challenges and barriers and Implications for patient–therapist relationship. The themes and subthemes were examined through the three levels of organizational change—the system, the organization, and the personal level. The results of the study indicate limited embrace of change within the systemic and organizational levels and inconsistencies across the three levels. The study also highlights the barriers and difficulties that stand in the way of these processes of change and development.


To ensure successful implementation, these processes require systemic planning, including budgeting for personnel training, organizational adjustments, and technological equipment. Additionally, addressing personal-level considerations such as relevant training and setting boundaries for caregivers is crucial to prevent burnout. Effective planning and management of these changes will facilitate optimal assimilation and enhance system efficiency.

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