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An exploration of the effect of age, experience and training on the EHR role in reducing medical errors: perceptions of health professionals

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Alanazi, B and Butler-Henderson, K and Siddiqui, N and Greenfield, D, An exploration of the effect of age, experience and training on the EHR role in reducing medical errors: perceptions of health professionals, Proceedings of the HIMAA/NCCH 35th National Conference, Health Information Management: Engaging the Next Generation, 31 October - 2 November 2018, pp. 2-10. ISBN 978-0-9946206-5-1 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Introduction: The demand for quality health services has increased tremendously over the years. The government has been under intense pressure to increase the level of efficiency in service delivery. However, this pressure on health professionals has resulted in numerous medical errors.

Aim/Objectives: The aim of this study was to probe the effect of age (years of working), experience (use) and training of healthcare professionals on the role of electronic health records (EHR) in reducing medical errors.

Method: An online questionnaire was used by professionals working in primary healthcare centres in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia.

Results: There were 1127 respondents particularly younger and older professionals (years of working as health professionals) perceived that EHR could have an important role in reducing medical errors. Respondents aged 2030 years of working in health profession had the highest (73.3%) level of satisfaction in using EHR to reduce medical errors. The 3040 years (61.7%) experienced group (EHR use) agreed that experience with the EHR use in medical field has a significant impact in reduction of medical errors, followed by those 20-30 years of experience. Similarly, 63.3% of the participants agreed that training in EHR usage in medical practice has a major impact in reduction of medical errors and its impacts is evenly distributed among all the health professionals.

Conclusion: Age, experience and training are statistically significant in influencing the attitude of healthcare professionals towards the adoption of electronic health records in reducing medical errors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:EHR, primary care
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and Information Studies
Research Field:Health Informatics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alanazi, B (Mr Bander Alanazi)
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
UTAS Author:Siddiqui, N (Dr Nazlee Siddiqui)
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:134946
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-09-14
Last Modified:2019-10-17
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