Anticipated Use of EMR Functions and Physician Characteristics

Anticipated Use of EMR Functions and Physician Characteristics

David Meinert (Missouri State University, USA) and Dane K. Peterson (Missouri State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-780-7.ch007
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Despite the numerous purported benefits of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), medical practices have been extremely reluctant to embrace the technology. One of the barriers believed to be responsible for the slow adoption of EMR technology is resistance by many physicians who are not convinced of the usefulness of EMR systems. This study used a mail survey of physicians associated with a multi-specialty clinic to examine potential characteristics of physicians that might help identify those individuals that are most likely to pose a threat to the successful EMR implementation. Age and gender of the physicians was generally not associated with anticipated use. However, an analysis of variance indicated self-rated computer knowledge and area of medical specialty were highly related to expected use of EMR functions. Results indicating that anticipated use of various EMR functions depend on medical specialty denotes one of the many difficulties of developing EMR systems for multi-specialty clinics.
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To fully appreciate the relationship between physician perceptions and the adoption of EMR systems requires some understanding of these systems, physician resistance or hesitancy to adopt said systems, and physician attitudes regarding EMRs in general. Background for the present study is provided by reviewing each of these areas.

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