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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. Content type: Technical advance

    With the goal of realizing genome-based personalized healthcare, we have developed a biobank that integrates personal health, genome, and omics data along with biospecimens donated by volunteers of 150,000. Su...

    Authors: Takako Takai-Igarashi, Kengo Kinoshita, Masao Nagasaki, Soichi Ogishima, Naoki Nakamura, Sachiko Nagase, Satoshi Nagaie, Tomo Saito, Fuji Nagami, Naoko Minegishi, Yoichi Suzuki, Kichiya Suzuki, Hiroaki Hashizume, Shinichi Kuriyama, Atsushi Hozawa, Nobuo Yaegashi…

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:100

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  2. Content type: Research article

    This study’s goal is to understand the factors that drive individuals to adopt Electronic Health Record (EHR) portals and to estimate if there are differences between countries with different healthcare models.

    Authors: Jorge Tavares and Tiago Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:97

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  3. Content type: Research article

    With high-quality community-based primary care, hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) are considered avoidable. The purpose of this study was to test the inter-physician reliability ...

    Authors: Robin L. Walker, William A. Ghali, Guanmin Chen, Tej K. Khalsa, Birinder K. Mangat, Norm R. C. Campbell, Elijah Dixon, Doreen Rabi, Nathalie Jette, Robyn Dhanoa and Hude Quan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:90

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Infectious disease burden is commonly assessed using notification data. Using retrospective record linkage in Western Australia, we described how well notification data captures laboratory detections of influe...

    Authors: Faye J. Lim, Christopher C. Blyth, Avram Levy, Parveen Fathima, Nicholas de Klerk, Carolien Giele and Hannah C. Moore

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:86

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  5. Content type: Research article

    To explore the current situation, existing problems and possible causes of said problems with regards to physician-nurse communication under an environment of increasingly widespread usage of Hospital Informat...

    Authors: Dong Wen, Xingting Zhang, Jie Wan, Jing Fu and Jianbo Lei

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:85

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  6. Content type: Research Article

    Integrating medical data using databases from different sources by record linkage is a powerful technique increasingly used in medical research. Under many jurisdictions, unique personal identifiers needed for...

    Authors: Adrian P. Brown, Christian Borgs, Sean M. Randall and Rainer Schnell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:83

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  7. Content type: Research article

    There has been indisputable growth in adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems in the recent years. However, physicians’ progress in using these systems has stagnated when measured with maturity sca...

    Authors: Marie-Claude Trudel, Josianne Marsan, Guy Paré, Louis Raymond, Ana Ortiz de Guinea, Éric Maillet and Thomas Micheneau

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:46

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Information and communication sources in the healthcare sector are replaced with new eHealth technologies. This has led to problems arising from the lack of awareness of the importance of end-user involvement ...

    Authors: Anna Marie Balling Høstgaard, Pernille Bertelsen and Christian Nøhr

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:45

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The inability of patients to accurately and completely recount their clinical status between clinic visits reduces the clinician’s ability to properly manage their patients. One way to improve this situation i...

    Authors: Cubby L. Gardner, Fang Liu, Paul Fontelo, Michael C. Flanagan, Albert Hoang and Harry B. Burke

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:41

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The increasing burden of type 2 diabetes mellitus makes the continuous surveillance of its prevalence and incidence advisable. Electronic health records (EHRs) have great potential for research and surveillanc...

    Authors: Conchi Moreno-Iribas, Carmen Sayon-Orea, Josu Delfrade, Eva Ardanaz, Javier Gorricho, Rosana Burgui, Marian Nuin and Marcela Guevara

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:34

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Literature indicates that one of the most important factors affecting the widespread adoption of Health Information Exchange (HIE) is patient support and endorsement. In order to reap all the expected benefits...

    Authors: Pouyan Esmaeilzadeh and Murali Sambasivan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:33

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  12. Content type: Technical advance

    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. ...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:30

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  13. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:23

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:17

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:15

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Gulsah Hancerliogullari, Kadir Oymen Hancerliogullari and Emrah Koksalmis

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:14

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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.

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:4

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:156

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:154

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:145

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  21. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:141

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  22. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:135

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  23. Content type: Technical advance

    Speech recognition software might increase productivity in clinical documentation. However, low user satisfaction with speech recognition software has been observed. In this case study, an approach for impleme...

    Authors: Christoph Ahlgrim, Oliver Maenner and Manfred W. Baumstark

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:132

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  24. Content type: DEBATE

    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...

    Authors: Maxence Guesdon, Eric Benzenine, Kamel Gadouche and Catherine Quantin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:129

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  25. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:116

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  26. Content type: Technical advance

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:114

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  27. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:112

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:110

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  29. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:100

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  30. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:97

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  31. Content type: Research article

    As health care becomes more complex, it becomes more important for clinicians and patients to share information. Electronic health information exchange can help address this need. To this end, all provinces an...

    Authors: Sukirtha Tharmalingam, Simon Hagens and Jennifer Zelmer

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:93

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Electronic medical records (EMR) offer a major potential for secondary use of data for research which can improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare. They also enable the measurement of disease b...

    Authors: Michelle Helena van Velthoven, Nikolaos Mastellos, Azeem Majeed, John O’Donoghue and Josip Car

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:90

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Discharge planning is a care process that aims to secure the transfer of care for the patient at transition from home to the hospital and back home. Information exchange and collaboration between care provider...

    Authors: Sofi Nordmark, Karin Zingmark and Inger Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:48

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare organizations have far greater maintenance needs for their medical equipment than other organization, as many are used directly with patients. However, the literature on asset management in healthca...

    Authors: María Carmen Carnero and Andrés Gómez

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:47

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Health care institutions have patient question sets that can expand over time. For a multispecialty group, each specialty might have multiple question sets. As a result, question set governance can be challeng...

    Authors: Sarah J. Vande Loo and Frederick North

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:41

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  36. Content type: Debate

    Recent advances in the adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) have had a dramatic impact on the practice of medicine. In many environments, this has led to the ability to achieve new efficienc...

    Authors: Philip R. O. Payne, Yves Lussier, Randi E. Foraker and Peter J. Embi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:40

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The robustness of epidemiological research using routinely collected primary care electronic data to support policy and practice for common mental disorders (CMD) anxiety and depression would be greatly enhanc...

    Authors: Ann John, Joanne McGregor, David Fone, Frank Dunstan, Rosie Cornish, Ronan A. Lyons and Keith R. Lloyd

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:35

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Electronic medical records (EMRs) used in primary care contain a breadth of data that can be used in public health research. Patient data from EMRs could be linked with other data sources, such as a postal cod...

    Authors: Suzanne Biro, Tyler Williamson, Jannet Ann Leggett, David Barber, Rachael Morkem, Kieran Moore, Paul Belanger, Brian Mosley and Ian Janssen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:32

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a well-recognized public health problem and a major cause of death and hospitalization in developed countries. The safety of a new drug cannot be established until it has been...

    Authors: Inês Ribeiro-Vaz, Ana-Marta Silva, Cristina Costa Santos and Ricardo Cruz-Correia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:27

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Implementation delays are common in health information technology (HIT) projects. In this paper, we sought to explore the reasons for delays in implementing major hospital-based HIT, through studying computeri...

    Authors: Hajar Mozaffar, Kathrin M. Cresswell, Lisa Lee, Robin Williams and Aziz Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:25

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Free-text medication prescriptions contain detailed instruction information that is key when preparing drug data for analysis. The objective of this study was to develop a novel model and automated text-mining...

    Authors: George Karystianis, Therese Sheppard, William G. Dixon and Goran Nenadic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:18

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    An Early Warning Score is a clinical risk score based upon vital signs intended to aid recognition of patients in need of urgent medical attention. The use of an escalation of care policy based upon an Early W...

    Authors: Timothy Bonnici, Stephen Gerry, David Wong, Julia Knight and Peter Watkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:19

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Text messaging is an affordable, ubiquitous, and expanding mobile communication technology. However, safety net health systems in the United States that provide more care to uninsured and low-income patients m...

    Authors: Sachin K. Garg, Courtney R. Lyles, Sara Ackerman, Margaret A. Handley, Dean Schillinger, Gato Gourley, Veenu Aulakh and Urmimala Sarkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:16

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  44. Content type: Software

    Although MIMIC-II, a public intensive care database, has been recognized as an invaluable resource for many medical researchers worldwide, becoming a proficient MIMIC-II researcher requires knowledge of SQL pr...

    Authors: Joon Lee, Evan Ribey and James R. Wallace

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:15

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The majority of health IT adoption research focuses on the later stages of the IT adoption process: namely on the implementation phase. The first stage, however, which is defined as the knowledge-stage, remain...

    Authors: JD. Liebe, J. Hüsers and U. Hübner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:10

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  46. Content type: Correspondence

    An interoperable electronic health record is a secure consolidated record of an individual’s health history and care, designed to facilitate authorized information sharing across the care continuum.  Each Cana...

    Authors: Bobby Gheorghiu and Simon Hagens

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:8

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Although champions are commonly employed in health information technology (HIT) implementations, the state of empirical literature on HIT champions’ is unclear. The purpose of our review was to synthesize quan...

    Authors: Christopher Michael Shea and Charles M. Belden

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:2

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