Thirteen (25%) private physicians reported adopting EHR and 2(11%) public physician reported adoption of EHR.
Private and public physicians cited start-up cost and technical limitations of systems as the barriers to their practices' adoption of EHR.
Most doctors offices and hospitals are moving towards Electronic Health Records and doing less paperwork, while this might sound like a great idea to have all of your information in one place it still doesn’t replace paper charts just yet.
While most do use Electronic Health Records, there are still doctor’s offices that you have to fax information to that don’t have Electronic Health Records.
Conclusion: Findings showed the same availability and use of core functionalities, as well as adoption rate among the private and public facilities, and slightly fewer barriers in the private practices.
A larger sample is merited to understand if there is any statistically significant difference between the two groups.If they decide to use Electronic Health Records, then they need to have one system that can store all of the information and that they can share with other systems and make sure they keep up to date records of all patients.It is well known that major efforts are currently under way in the US, UK, and other countries to construct entirely new systems for the management of electronic medical records.Furthermore, the proposed system is designed in such a way that medical data are made available without the need for complicated and expensive security precautions or the need to obtain permission from multiple parties to utilize the medical data.The time window to adapt such as system, however, is limited.There was no statistical difference between private and public physicians for the available and used functions.A total of 53 private and 19 public physicians responded to the survey (55% response rate).Objectives: First, to identify the core Electronic Health Records (EHR) functionalities available to physicians who work in private and public health care facilities in Trinidad and Tobago and the extent to which physicians are using each function.Second, to understand the rate of adoption of Electronic Health Records in private and public hospitals/clinics, and finally, to identify the barriers to adoption of Electronic Health Records in private and public hospitals/clinics in Trinidad and Tobago.Sixty-three percent of the private physicians who adopted EHR reported using the Result Management and Order Management functions.The public physicians who had adopted EHR reported they were not utilizing the Decision Support, Result Management, and Order Management functions.