Use of Electronic Medical Records in Oman and Physician Satisfaction
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The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a computerized record of clinical, demographic and management information. EMR is an enabling technology that allows physicians to utilize quality improvement processes in the practice of medicine. Oman is one of the Middle Eastern Countries that has implemented an integrated electronic hospital information system at government health care institutions. The system was first applied in primary health care centers and then implemented in hospitals. Survey research highlights factors that affect physician satisfaction and utilizing of this new technology in a hospital setting. Outcome survey data suggests areas for improvement. Specific concerns about patient confidentiality are discussed as well as quality improvement in patient care.
KeywordsElectronic medical record Physician satisfaction Information system Oman
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