Healthcare Information Systems

Section edited by Philip Payne

This section considers manuscripts on the development, use and evaluation of health information technology, health information exchange and electronic health records, as well as studies on barriers to technology acceptance in the healthcare setting

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  1. Technical advance

    Orchestrating differential data access for translational research: a pilot implementation

    Translational researchers need robust IT solutions to access a range of data types, varying from public data sets to pseudonymised patient information with restricted access, provided on a case by case basis. ...

    Marco Brandizi, Olga Melnichuk, Raffael Bild, Florian Kohlmayer, Benedicto Rodriguez-Castro, Helmut Spengler, Klaus A. Kuhn, Wolfgang Kuchinke, Christian Ohmann, Timo Mustonen, Mikael Linden, Tommi Nyrönen, Ilkka Lappalainen, Alvis Brazma and Ugis Sarkans

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:30

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Identifying incident colorectal and lung cancer cases in health service utilisation databases in Australia: a validation study

    Data from centralised, population-based statutory cancer registries are generally considered the 'gold standard' for confirming incident cases of cancer. When these are not available, or more current informati...

    David Goldsbury, Marianne Weber, Sarsha Yap, Emily Banks, Dianne L. O’Connell and Karen Canfell

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:23

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Use of electronic medical records and quality of patient data: different reaction patterns of doctors and nurses to the hospital organization

    As the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in hospitals may be challenged by different responses of different user groups, this paper examines the differences between doctors and nurses in thei...

    Mattijs S. Lambooij, Hanneke W. Drewes and Ferry Koster

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:17

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  4. Research article

    How can information systems provide support to nurses’ hand hygiene performance? Using gamification and indoor location to improve hand hygiene awareness and reduce hospital infections

    Hospital-acquired infections are still amongst the major problems health systems are facing. Their occurrence can lead to higher morbidity and mortality rates, increased length of hospital stay, and higher cos...

    Rita Marques, João Gregório, Fernando Pinheiro, Pedro Póvoa, Miguel Mira da Silva and Luís Velez Lapão

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:15

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  5. Research article

    The use of multi-criteria decision making models in evaluating anesthesia method options in circumcision surgery

    Determining the most suitable anesthesia method for circumcision surgery plays a fundamental role in pediatric surgery. This study is aimed to present pediatric surgeons’ perspective on the relative importance...

    Gulsah Hancerliogullari, Kadir Oymen Hancerliogullari and Emrah Koksalmis

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:14

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Exploring the implementation of an electronic record into a maternity unit: a qualitative study using Normalisation Process Theory

    To explore the benefits, barriers and disadvantages of implementing an electronic record system (ERS). The extent that the system has become ‘normalised’ into routine practice was also explored.

    Arabella Scantlebury, Laura Sheard, Ian Watt, Paul Cairns, John Wright and Joy Adamson

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:4

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Testing modes of computerized sepsis alert notification delivery systems

    The number of electronic health record (EHR)-based notifications continues to rise. One common method to deliver urgent and emergent notifications (alerts) is paging. Despite of wide presence of smartphones, t...

    Mikhail A. Dziadzko, Andrew M. Harrison, Ing C. Tiong, Brian W. Pickering, Pablo Moreno Franco and Vitaly Herasevich

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:156

    Published on: 9 December 2016

  8. Research article

    The impact of health information technologies on quality improvement methodologies’ efficiency, throughput and financial outcomes: a retrospective observational study

    To evaluate whether or not the utilization of Health Information Technologies (HITs) in Quality Improvement Methodologies (QIMs) has impacts on QIMs’ efficiency, throughput and financial outcomes at healthcare...

    Raed H. AlHazme, Syed S. Haque, Hal Wiggin and Arif M. Rana

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:154

    Published on: 5 December 2016

  9. Research article

    Nurses’ perceptions, acceptance, and use of a novel in-room pediatric ICU technology: testing an expanded technology acceptance model

    The value of health information technology (IT) ultimately depends on end users accepting and appropriately using it for patient care. This study examined pediatric intensive care unit nurses’ perceptions, acc...

    Richard J. Holden, Onur Asan, Erica M. Wozniak, Kathryn E. Flynn and Matthew C. Scanlon

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:145

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  10. Research article

    Data extraction from electronic health records (EHRs) for quality measurement of the physical therapy process: comparison between EHR data and survey data

    With the emergence of the electronic health records (EHRs) as a pervasive healthcare information technology, new opportunities and challenges for use of clinical data for quality measurements arise with respec...

    Marijn Scholte, Simone A. van Dulmen, Catherina W. M. Neeleman-Van der Steen, Philip J. van der Wees, Maria W. G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden and Jozé Braspenning

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:141

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  11. Research article

    Describing the linkages of the immigration, refugees and citizenship Canada permanent resident data and vital statistics death registry to Ontario’s administrative health database

    Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, has a universal healthcare system that routinely collects health administrative data on its 13 million legal residents that is used for health research. Record li...

    Maria Chiu, Michael Lebenbaum, Kelvin Lam, Nelson Chong, Mahmoud Azimaee, Karey Iron, Doug Manuel and Astrid Guttmann

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:135

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  12. DEBATE

    Securizing data linkage in french public statistics

    Administrative records in France, especially medical and social records, have huge potential for statistical studies. The NIR (a national identifier) is widely used in medico-social administrations, and this w...

    Maxence Guesdon, Eric Benzenine, Kamel Gadouche and Catherine Quantin

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:129

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  13. Research article

    Benefits and challenges of EMR implementations in low resource settings: a state-of-the-art review

    The intent of this review is to discover the types of inquiry and range of objectives and outcomes addressed in studies of the impacts of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementations in limited resource set...

    Badeia Jawhari, Dave Ludwick, Louanne Keenan, David Zakus and Robert Hayward

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:116

    Published on: 6 September 2016

  14. Technical advance

    A hybrid solution for extracting structured medical information from unstructured data in medical records via a double-reading/entry system

    Healthcare providers generate a huge amount of biomedical data stored in either legacy system (paper-based) format or electronic medical records (EMR) around the world, which are collectively referred to as bi...

    Ligang Luo, Liping Li, Jiajia Hu, Xiaozhe Wang, Boulin Hou, Tianze Zhang and Lue Ping Zhao

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:114

    Published on: 30 August 2016

  15. Research article

    Impact of electronic medication reconciliation interventions on medication discrepancies at hospital transitions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Medication reconciliation has been identified as an important intervention to minimize the incidence of unintentional medication discrepancies at transitions in care. However, there is a lack of evidence for t...

    Alemayehu B. Mekonnen, Tamrat B. Abebe, Andrew J. McLachlan and Jo-anne E. Brien

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:112

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  16. Research article

    Development and validation of method for defining conditions using Chinese electronic medical record

    The adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR) is rapidly growing in China. Constantly evolving, Chinese EMRs contain vast amounts of clinical and financial data, providing tremendous potential for resear...

    Yuan Xu, Ning Li, Mingshan Lu, Robert P. Myers, Elijah Dixon, Robin Walker, Libo Sun, Xiaofei Zhao and Hude Quan

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:110

    Published on: 20 August 2016

  17. Research article

    The influence of a specific ophthalmological electronic health record on ICD-10 coding

    A specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) for ophthalmology was introduced in an academic center in Germany. As diagnoses coding corresponding to the International Classification of Diseases Version 10 (ICD-10...

    Karsten Kortüm, Christoph Hirneiß, Michael Müller, Alexander Babenko, Anselm Kampik and Thomas C. Kreutzer

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:100

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  18. Research article

    Surveillance of HIV assisted partner services using routine health information systems in Kenya

    The utilization of routine health information systems (HIS) for surveillance of assisted partner services (aPS) for HIV in sub-Saharan is sub-optimal, in part due to poor data quality and limited use of inform...

    Peter Cherutich, Matthew Golden, Bourke Betz, Beatrice Wamuti, Anne Ng’ang’a, Peter Maingi, Paul Macharia, Betsy Sambai, Felix Abuna, David Bukusi, Mathew Dunbar and Carey Farquhar

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:97

    Published on: 20 July 2016

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