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Evaluation of an electronic medical record system : Zonguldak Karaelmas University Hospital survey

Uğurbaş, Suat Hayri
The present study investigated the electronic medical record system (EMR) of Zonguldak Karaelmas University Hospital which is used for six years now. The advantages and disadvantages of an EMR system in comparison with paper medical records were evaluated based on the user’s opinion. The recommendations for the development of EMR and more efficient use of the system are principle goals of this study. The purposes of this thesis include promoting the implantation of EMR by introducing the advantages and disadvantages from the user’s point of view. The main source of information used in this analysis is gathered from a questionnaire. Hundred and twenty six users of EMR selected voluntarily and randomly from the hospital staffs are included in this survey. The hospital staffs including physicians, nurses, clinicians, administrative clerks and technicians were included in this survey. Implementation for certain medical tasks and efficiency of using these tasks in EMR are evaluated. The advantages and disadvantages of the system were surveyed from the user's point of view. In spite of the fact that health care professionals understand the benefits of electronic medical records, barriers to the use of EMR are also important for the current impediments in EMR introduction. While the successful applications of EMR systems are evident in western word, the implementation of EMR to a hospital information system is a new topic in Turkey. There are mainly attempts to convert the paper-based medical record systems to the fully automated electronic record systems. Our study is a pioneering attempt to analyze the users’ opinion for a fully integrated EMR system in a Turkish academic hospital. The suggestions such as restricting the the access, improving the hardware, integrating to the internet are made for the improvement of the system in future.