New Publication: Oncology health-care professionals’ perceived effects of patient accessible electronic health records 6 years after launch: A survey study at a major university hospital in Sweden

Jonas Moll and Åsa Cajander recently published a paper on oncology health care professional’s experienced effects of patient accessible health care professionals. You find the publication here:

Patient accessible electronic health records are launched in many nations, and generally, health-care
professionals have had substantial initial concerns related to patient contact, documentation practices
and quality of care. Mainly, oncology care was discussed in media when launching patient accessible
electronic health records in Sweden. Nevertheless, few studies have examined clinician’s observed longitudinal effects after the launch. A survey covering these areas and supposed effects for patients was distributed to oncology health-care professionals six years after the launch of patient accessible electronic health records and answered by N = 176.

The questionnaire contained 12 multiple-choice questions covering the following areas:
• Demography (age and years of working in health care);
• Perceived effects on contact with patients;
• Perceived effects on documentation practices;
• Perceived effects on quality of care;
• Attitude towards Journalen;
• Effects supposedly experienced by patients.

Results show that patient accessible electronic health records have had humble effects within the covered areas presented above. The area most affected was documentation practices.

Few significant differences could be found between physicians and nurses. A contrast with results from interviews and surveys conducted shortly after the launch of patient accessible electronic health records indicates that the experienced adverse effects are not as important as initially feared.

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