The Perceptions of and Factors Associated With the Adoption of the Electronic Health Record Sharing System Among Patients and Physicians: Cross-Sectional Survey
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The electronic health record sharing system (eHRSS) was implemented as a new health care delivery platform to facilitate two-way communication between the public and private sectors in Hong Kong.

This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of and factors associated with the adoption of eHRSS among patients, the general public, and private physicians.

Telephone interviews were conducted in 2018 by using a simple random sampling strategy from a list of patients who had enrolled in the eHRSS and a territory-wide telephone directory for nonenrolled residents. We completed 2000 surveys (1000 each for enrolled and nonenrolled individuals). Private physicians completed self-administered questionnaires, including 762 valid questionnaires from 454 enrolled physicians and 308 nonenrolled physicians.

Results: Most participants (707/1000, 70.70%) were satisfied with the overall performance of the eHRSS. Regarding registration status, most nonenrolled patients (647/1000, 64.70%) reported that “no recommendation from their physicians and family members” was the major barrier, whereas more than half of the physicians (536/1000, 53.60%) expressed concerns on “additional workload due to use of eHRSS.” A multivariate regression analysis showed that patients were more likely to register when they reported “other service providers could view the medical records” (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 6.09, 95% CI 4.87-7.63; P<.001) and “friends’ or family’s recommendation or assistance in registration” (aOR 3.51, 95% CI 2.04-6.03; P=.001). Physicians were more likely to register when they believed that the eHRSS could improve the quality of health care service (aOR 4.70, 95% CI 1.77-12.51; P=.002) and were aware that the eHRSS could reduce duplicated tests and treatments (aOR 4.16, 95% CI 1.73-9.97; P=.001).

Increasing the possibility of viewing patients' personal medical record, expanding the sharable data scope for patients, and highlighting the benefits of the system for physicians could be effective to enhance the adoption of the eHRSS.
All Author(s) ListWong MCS, Huang JJ, Chan PSF, Lok V, Leung C, Wang JX, Cheung CSK, Wong WN, Cheung NT, Ho CP, Yeoh EK
Journal nameJMIR Medical Informatics
Volume Number8
Issue Number5
PublisherJMIR Publications
Article numbere17452
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordselectronic health records, hospital shared services, data management

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