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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. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Software

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. An increasing number of clinical trials are conducted in primary care settings. Making better use of existing data in the electronic health records to identify eligible subjects can improve efficiency of such ...

    Authors: Mohammad B. Ateya, Brendan C. Delaney and Stuart M. Speedie

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:1

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Today, cancer documentation is still a tedious task involving many different information systems even within a single institution and it is rarely supported by appropriate documentation workflows.

    Authors: Stefan Wagner, Matthias W. Beckmann, Bernd Wullich, Christof Seggewies, Markus Ries, Thomas Bürkle and Hans-Ulrich Prokosch

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:107

    Content type: Research article

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  22. One of the primary obstacles to the widespread adoption of openEHR methodology is the lack of practical persistence solutions for future-proof electronic health record (EHR) systems as described by the openEHR...

    Authors: Li Wang, Lingtong Min, Rui Wang, Xudong Lu and Huilong Duan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:88

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2016 16:21

  23. Although policy discourses frame integrated Electronic Health Records (EHRs) as essential for contemporary healthcare systems, increased information sharing often raises concerns among patients and the public....

    Authors: Chrysanthi Papoutsi, Julie E. Reed, Cicely Marston, Ruth Lewis, Azeem Majeed and Derek Bell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:86

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Our aim was to explore the approaches to and the challenges and benefits of implementing Electronic Patient Record systems (EPRs) into NHS acute, mental health and community care hospitals throughout England.

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:85

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Important barriers for widespread use of health information exchange (HIE) are usability and interface issues. However, most HIEs are implemented without performing a needs assessment with the end users, healt...

    Authors: Alexandra T. Strauss, Diego A. Martinez, Andres Garcia-Arce, Stephanie Taylor, Candice Mateja, Peter J. Fabri and Jose L. Zayas-Castro

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:81

    Content type: Research article

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  26. We designed and validated a rule-based expert system to identify influenza like illness (ILI) from routinely recorded general practice clinical narrative to aid a larger retrospective research study into the i...

    Authors: Jayden MacRae, Tom Love, Michael G. Baker, Anthony Dowell, Matthew Carnachan, Maria Stubbe and Lynn McBain

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:78

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In the UK occupational therapy pre-discharge home visits are routinely carried out as a means of facilitating safe transfer from the hospital to home. Whilst they are an integral part of practice, there is lit...

    Authors: Arthur G. Money, Anita Atwal, Katherine L. Young, Yasmin Day, Lesley Wilson and Kevin G. Money

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:73

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The increasing pervasiveness of mobile technologies has given potential to transform healthcare by facilitating clinical management using software applications. These technologies may provide valuable tools in...

    Authors: Voula Gkatzidou, Kate Hone, Lorna Sutcliffe, Jo Gibbs, Syed Tariq Sadiq, Ala Szczepura, Pam Sonnenberg and Claudia Estcourt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:72

    Content type: Research article

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  29. There is general consensus that appropriate development and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) are crucial in the delivery of effective primary care (PC). Several countries are defining po...

    Authors: Sabina De Rosis and Chiara Seghieri

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:70

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Health decision-making requires evidence from high-quality data. As one example, the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) compiles data from the majority of Canadian hospitals to form one of the most comprehensiv...

    Authors: Kelsey Lucyk, Mingshan Lu, Tolulope Sajobi and Hude Quan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:69

    Content type: Research article

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  31. With the increasing implementation of Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMR) in developing countries, there is a growing need to identify antecedents of EMR success to measure and predict the level of adoptio...

    Authors: Binyam Tilahun and Fleur Fritz

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:61

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The Operating Room (OR) is a key resource of all major hospitals, but it also accounts for up 40 % of resource costs. Improving cost effectiveness, while maintaining a quality of care, is a universal objective...

    Authors: Simone Barbagallo, Luca Corradi, Jean de Ville de Goyet, Marina Iannucci, Ivan Porro, Nicola Rosso, Elena Tanfani and Angela Testi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:38

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Personal Health Records (PHRs) are electronic health records controlled, shared or maintained by patients to support patient centered care. The potential for PHRs to transform health care is significant; howev...

    Authors: Morgan Price, Paule Bellwood, Nicole Kitson, Iryna Davies, Jens Weber and Francis Lau

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:32

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) has generated massive clinical data storage. Association rules mining is a feasible technique to convert this large amount of data into usable knowledge f...

    Authors: François Séverac, Erik A Sauleau, Nicolas Meyer, Hassina Lefèvre, Gabriel Nisand and Nicolas Jay

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:29

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Numerous calls have been made for greater assimilation of information technology in healthcare organizations in general, and in primary care settings in particular. Considering the levels of IT investment and ...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:27

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Cloud computing is a recent and fast growing area of development in healthcare. Ubiquitous, on-demand access to virtually endless resources in combination with a pay-per-use model allow for new ways of develop...

    Authors: Lena Griebel, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Felix Köpcke, Dennis Toddenroth, Jan Christoph, Ines Leb, Igor Engel and Martin Sedlmayr

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:17

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Adverse drug reactions are one of the most common causes of death in industrialized Western countries. Nowadays, empirical data from clinical studies for the approval and monitoring of drugs and molecular data...

    Authors: Alban Shoshi, Tobias Hoppe, Benjamin Kormeier, Venus Ogultarhan and Ralf Hofestädt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:15

    Content type: Research article

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  38. This case study over time describes five years of experience with interventions to improve laboratory test utilization at an academic medical center. The high-frequency laboratory tests showing the biggest dec...

    Authors: Matthew D Krasowski, Deborah Chudzik, Anna Dolezal, Bryan Steussy, Michael P Gailey, Benjamin Koch, Sara B Kilborn, Benjamin W Darbro, Carolyn D Rysgaard and Julia A Klesney-Tait

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:11

    Content type: Correspondence

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  39. Real-world data on the benefit/risk profile of medicines is needed, particularly in patients who are ineligible for randomised controlled trials conducted for registration purposes. This paper describes the me...

    Authors: Hanaa F Elkhenini, Kourtney J Davis, Norman D Stein, John P New, Mark R Delderfield, Martin Gibson, Jorgen Vestbo, Ashley Woodcock and Nawar Diar Bakerly

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015 15:8

    Content type: Research article

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  40. For disease surveillance, manual data collection using paper-based questionnaires can be time consuming and prone to errors. We introduced smartphone data collection to replace paper-based data collection for ...

    Authors: Henry N Njuguna, Deborah L Caselton, Geoffrey O Arunga, Gideon O Emukule, Dennis K Kinyanjui, Rosalia M Kalani, Carl Kinkade, Phillip M Muthoka, Mark A Katz and Joshua A Mott

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:107

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The maturity and usage of wireless technology has influenced health services, and this has raised expectations from users that healthcare services will become more affordable due to technology growth. There is...

    Authors: Raj Gururajan and Abdul Hafeez-Baig

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:98

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Patient data from general practices is already used for many types of epidemiological research and increasingly, primary care systems to facilitate randomized clinical trials. The EU funded project TRANSFoRm a...

    Authors: Wolfgang Kuchinke, Töresin Karakoyun, Christian Ohmann, Theodoros N Arvanitis, Adel Taweel, Brendan C Delaney and Stuart M Speedie

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:118

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Meaningful Use (MU) provides financial incentives for electronic health record (EHR) implementation. EHR implementation holds promise for improving healthcare delivery, but also requires substantial changes fo...

    Authors: Christopher M Shea, Kristin L Reiter, Mark A Weaver, Molly McIntyre, Jason Mose, Jonathan Thornhill, Robb Malone and Bryan J Weiner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:119

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Electronic medical record systems are being implemented in many countries to support healthcare services. However, its adoption rate remains low, especially in developing countries due to technological, financ...

    Authors: Senafekesh Biruk, Tesfahun Yilma, Mulusew Andualem and Binyam Tilahun

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:115

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Early recognition of severe sepsis and septic shock is challenging. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of an electronic alert system in detecting severe sepsis or septic shock among...

    Authors: Sami Alsolamy, Majid Al Salamah, Majed Al Thagafi, Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Abdellatif M Marini, Nawfal Aljerian, Farhan Al-Enezi, Fatimah Al-Hunaidi, Ahmed M Mahmoud, Ahmed Alamry and Yaseen M Arabi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014 14:105

    Content type: Research article

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