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Factors Affecting Electronic Medical Record Acceptance by Specialist Physicians

Parvin Lakbala1, Mahboobeh Lakbala2, and Kavoos Dindarloo Inaloo3
1.Health Information Management Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
2.Hafez Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
3.Hormozgan Environmental and Occupational health engineering research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
Abstract—An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a longitudinal record of a patient consisting of data owned by a single provider, Generated as by-product of daily Health Information System (HIS) functions, an EMR provides caregivers with immediate access to information relevant to that patient, impacting care and safety in real time. Physicians’ acceptance and willingness must be present in order to successfully implement an EMR system; understanding Physicians’ attitudes and perceptions are of vital importance to physicians' acceptance and willingness. The main objective of this research is to explore physicians, attitude and perceptions of the impact on EMRs. The cross-sectional study was conducted on 133 specialist physicians of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University in 3 educational hospitals in the city of Bandar Abbas capital city of Hormozgan province. The most important barrier factors of EMRs in this study were technical barriers such as limitation of the system 96 (72.2%) and interconnectivity/standardization96 (72.2%) and social factor of uncertainly about vendor 97 (72.9%), that mentioned by majority of physicians. This finding will help to address the barrier more appropriately, and plan for implementation EMRs. With peak interest in implementing EMR, in Iran and worldwide, knowing and acting on the beliefs associated with physicians about this technologies is as essential as ever.

Index Terms—barrier factors, electronic medical record (EMR), health information system, specialist physicians

Cite: Parvin Lakbala, Mahboobeh Lakbala, and Kavoos Dindarloo Inaloo, "Factors Affecting Electronic Medical Record Acceptance by Specialist Physicians," Lecture Notes on Information Theory, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 316-321, December 2014. doi: 10.12720/lnit.2.4.316-321
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