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ERIC Number: ED552849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 152
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-0546-6
Managing the Challenges of Adopting Electronic Medical Records: An Exploratory Study of the Challenges Faced by African American Health Care Professionals
Riddick, William P.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The implementation of technology within the health care industry is viewed as a possible solution for lowering costs and improving health care delivery to patients. Electronic medical record system(s) (EMRS) are information technology tools viewed within the health care industry as a possible solution for aiding improvements in health care delivery and lowering the associated costs with delivery. The electronic medical record (EMR) has the potential to aid health care professionals with easier access to patient data as information is centralized in a single location. Instead of searching for a paper file, a historical perspective of a patient is obtained by using the point and click capabilities of the EMRS. In addition, these systems have the capability to provide alerts if a current prescription conflicts with a previous prescription. This functionality and others are leading to better preventive services. However, challenges exist with adopting EMRS. Therefore, a qualitative exploratory research design was chosen to investigate and understand the common challenges African American health care professionals face as they move from paper to the EMRS. Investigating a single group presents the opportunity for unique theoretical possibilities. The sample for this study was derived using purposive sampling followed by snowball sampling until 17 participants volunteered. Semi-structured, open-ended interview questions served as the method of data collection. Participant's interviews were recorded and transcribed. Common themes were determined which describe the common challenges associated with EMRS adoption, the management of these challenges, and the perceived benefits of EMRS. Inferences for the academic and business communities are discussed based on these findings. Recommendations for future investigations are also presented. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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