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New Findings from Regenstrief Institute in the Area of Health Information Technology Described (Understanding the acceptability of a computer...

July 4, 2014



New Findings from Regenstrief Institute in the Area of Health Information Technology Described (Understanding the acceptability of a computer decision support system in pediatric primary care)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Current study results on Health Information Technology have been published. According to news reporting out of Indianapolis, Indiana, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Individual users' attitudes and opinions help predict successful adoption of health information technology (HIT) into practice; however, little is known about pediatric users' acceptance of HIT for medical decision-making at the point of care. We wished to examine the attitudes and opinions of pediatric users' toward the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) system, a computer decision support system linked to an electronic health record in four community pediatric clinics."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Regenstrief Institute, "Surveys were administered in 2011 and 2012 to all users to measure CHICA's acceptability and users' satisfaction with it. Free text comments were analyzed for themes to understand areas of potential technical refinement. Results 70 participants completed the survey in 2011 (100% response rate) and 64 of 66 (97% response rate) in 2012. Initially, satisfaction with CHICA was mixed. In general, users felt the system held promise; however various critiques reflected difficulties understanding integrated technical aspects of how CHICA worked, as well as concern with the format and wording on generated forms for families and users. In the subsequent year, users' ratings reflected improved satisfaction and acceptance. Comments also reflected a deeper understanding of the system's logic, often accompanied by suggestions on potential refinements to make CHICA more useful at the point of care. Pediatric users appreciate the system's automation and enhancements that allow relevant and meaningful clinical data to be accessible at point of care."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Understanding users' acceptability and satisfaction is critical for ongoing refinement of HIT to ensure successful adoption into practice."

For more information on this research see: Understanding the acceptability of a computer decision support system in pediatric primary care. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014;21(1):146-153. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England (see also Health Information Technology).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting N.S. Bauer, Regenstrief Inst Healthcare, Indianapolis, IN, United States. Additional authors for this research include A.E. Carroll and S.M. Downs.

Keywords for this news article include: Computers, Pediatrics, Indianapolis, United States, North and Central America, Health Information Technology

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