While identifying reasons for the failure of information communication technology (ICT) to transform the healthcare system and constructing models of better designed technology with socio-technical integration is relatively straightforward, implementing these solutions into the rapidly changing medical world has proven considerably more difficult. From a technologist's perspective, the promise of technology remains powerful. New technologies, with high level of socio-technical integration have long been considered as one of the most important factors to transform the medical world in order to deliver better and safer care. From the socio-cultural perspective, however, there is an equally powerful force, which has largely been ignored by the greater community: the entry of generation Y into the healthcare system. Generation Y has generated significant changes in many other industries. This powerful socio-cultural change within the healthcare system needs to be more clearly investigated to guide the design and implementation of sociotechnical integrated ICT solutions. This research-in -progress paper presents a methodological approach that both generates an in-depth understanding of generation Y and illuminates criteria that can be used to meaningfully identify the guiding principles for future socio-technical integrated ICT design and implementation. It aims to make a significant contribution to the field of socio-technical approach to ICT design by alluding the audience to this new generation Y phenomenon in healthcare. It provides some preliminary data to support the need to consider generation Y in future ICT design in healthcare.
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