Factors Influencing the Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems in Developing Countries: A Case of Uganda
Keywords:Electronic health record systems, EHR adoption, develooping countries, EHR implementation
Electronic Health Records Systems are important Technology that is beneficial to improving the health care delivery inline of (i) providing accurate, up to date and complete data, (ii)sharing electronic information between patients and clinicians securely (iii) helping providers to effectively diagnose patients, reduce medical errors and provide safer care (iv) quick access to patient records for more coordinated efficient care (v) improving patient and provider interaction and communication (vi) enabling safer more reliable prescriptions (vii) reduction of costs, reduced paper work, reduced duplication of testing and general improved health. Despite all the benefits provided by Technology, there is little interest and limited adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems by the Health Sector in developing countries to compete in today’s market globally geared by new technology. The aim of this paper is to review factors for low adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems in context of developing countries. The factors that can influence the adoption include the need for involvement and participation of all stake holders in the health sector, availability of dedicated users and having a good change management strategy and leadership, effective leadership and effective communication, training staff and time management are key, also evaluation of organizational needs is important for fostering the implementation of electronic health record systems.
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