EMR: Electronic Medical Records

There is no doubt that improving health care in the United States is a major focus for politicians on both sides of the aisle, corporations, and patient advocates.  In many cases, information technology is hoped to be the solution to a variety of problems in health care, such as improving efficiency, patient safety, accountability, billing, and more.

However, development and implementation of large-scale information systems, like electronic medical records (EMR), often require expertise that hospitals and clinics may not have and substantial financial investments that would only be recouped after many years. To successfully implement large-scale health information systems, such as EMRs, we must understand the human processes underlying their implementation, rather than the technological aspects only. Because the evaluation of large-scale health information systems can be incredibly complicated, most evaluations, to date, have been limited in time and scope. Our research team has a unique opportunity to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of a large-scale health information technology system in a major research and teaching medical center

This is focused on:

  1. understanding the human-centered and organizational issues of the records transition process;
  2. identifying and evaluating user-level facilitators and barriers to EMR adoption and acceptance; and
  3. identifying and evaluating the organizational factors in adoption and acceptance of EMR.

Team : //

Jed Brubaker, Leslie Liu, Sunyoung Park, Chris Combs, Gillian Hayes, Karen Cheng (CDU), Sheba George (CDU), Gene Spiritus (UCI MC), Sherrie Kaplan (UCI Public Health)