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Current status and perceived needs of information technology in Critical Access Hospitals: a survey study

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dc.contributor.author Demeris, George
dc.contributor.author Courtney, Karen L.
dc.contributor.author Meyer, Wilbert
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-31T20:48:56Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-31T20:48:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Demeris, G. 2007, "Current status and perceived needs of information technology in Critical Access Hospitals: a survey study." Informatics in Primary Care. Vol. 15. Iss. 1. pp. 45-51. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hijournal.bcs.org/index.php/jhi/article/view/643/655
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6615
dc.description.abstract The US Congress established the designation of Critical Access Hospitals in 1997, recognising rural hospitals as vital links to health for rural and underserved populations. The intent of the reimbursement system is to improve financial performance, thereby reducing hospital closures. Informatics applications are thought to be tools that can enable the sustainability of such facilities. The aim of this study is to identify the current use of information and communication technology in Critical Access Hospitals, and to assess their readiness and receptiveness for the use of new software and hardware applications and their perceived information technology (IT) needs. A survey was mailed to the administrators of all Critical Access Hospitals in one US state (Missouri) and a reminder was mailed a few weeks later. Twenty-seven out of 33 surveys were filled out and returned (response rate 82%). While most respondents (66.7%) stated that their employees have been somewhat comfortable in using new technology, almost 15% stated that their employees have been somewhat uncomfortable. Similarly, almost 12% of the respondents stated that they themselves felt somewhat uncomfortable introducing new technology. While all facilities have computers, only half of them have a specific IT plan. Findings indicate that Critical Access Hospitals are often struggling with lack of resources and specific applications that address their needs. However, it is widely recognised that IT plays an essential role in the sustainability of their organisations. The study demonstrates that IT applications have to be customised to address the needs and infrastructure of the rural settings in order to be accepted and properly utilised. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Radcliffe/BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT en_US
dc.subject information technology en_US
dc.subject organisational readiness en_US
dc.subject rural health en_US
dc.subject user acceptance en_US
dc.title Current status and perceived needs of information technology in Critical Access Hospitals: a survey study en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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