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IJSTR >> Volume 8 - Issue 10, October 2019 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Physicians Perception Toward An Electronic Prescribing System At An Academic Medical Center (Amc) In Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study

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AUTHOR(S)

Nouf Khalid Al-Kahtani, Ola Ibrahim Ramzi, Arun Vijay Subbarayalu, Jumana Abdulmohsen Almulhim, Baynah Fahad Almulhim

 

KEYWORDS

Electronic Prescribing, Patient Care, Patient Safety, Perception, Academic Medical Center, Physicians, Saudi Arabia.

 

ABSTRACT

Due to advancement in the field of health information technology, healthcare organizations (HCO) encouraging the adoption of e-prescribing systems to improve quality of patient careand patient safety. However, physicians employed at HCO facing some barriers to effectively implement these e-prescribing systems. The main purpose of this study was to bring out the hidden perceptions of physicians about Quadramed e-prescribing system prevailing at King Fahad Hospital of the University (KFHU), an academic medical center (AMC), Saudi Arabia. Consequently, assesses the benefits, disadvantages and, barriers of e-prescribing system which is currently implemented in KFHU. Methods: An exploratory study design was adopted and eighty physicians (N=80) who used e-prescribing system at KFHU were surveyed through a self-structured questionnaire via an online system. Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 19.0. Results: The results showed that 52% of physicians were satisfied with the e-prescribing system at KFHU. Factors influencing system’s functionality and usability were identified as lack of access to available patient data; hard and complicated system; lack of training and support. Conclusion: Majority of the surveyed physicians were satisfied with the system. This study recommends several improvement opportunities to enhance both functionality and usability of e-prescribing system. And help the policy planners of AMCs in KSA to understand the physician’s voice about e prescribing system which helps them to develop appropriate strategies for its improvement.

 

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