Barriers for Adopting Electronic Health Records (EHRs) by Physicians

Acta Inform Med. 2013;21(2):129-34. doi: 10.5455/aim.2013.21.129-134.


Conflict of interest: NONE DECLARED.

Introduction: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are computerized medical information systems that collect, store and display patient information. They are means to create legible and organized recordings and to access clinical information about individual patients. Despite of the positive effects of the EMRs usage in medical practices, the adoption rate of such systems is still low and meets resistance from physicians. The EHRs represent an essential tool for improving both in the safety and quality of health care, though physicians must actively use these systems to accrue the benefits. This study was unsystematic-review.

Aim: The aim of this study was to express barriers perceived y physicians to the adoption of the EHRs.

Method of the study: This study was non-systematic reviewed which the literature was searched on barriers perceived by physicians to the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with the help of library, books, conference proceedings, data bank, and also searches engines available at Google, Google scholar.

Discussion: FOR OUR SEARCHES, WE EMPLOYED THE FOLLOWING KEYWORDS AND THEIR COMBINATIONS: physicians, electronic medical record, electronic health record, barrier, and adoption in the searching areas of title, keywords, abstract, and full text. In this study, more than 100 articles and reports were collected and 27 of them were selected based on their relevancy. Electronic health record use requires the presence of certain user and system attributes, support from others, and numerous organizational and environment facilitators.

Keywords: adoption; barrier; electronic health record; physicians.