Strength and Weakness with the Adoption of EHR Around the Globe with Recommendations for Australian My Health Record System

Author: Sultan Alharbi

Alharbi, Sultan, 2017 Strength and Weakness with the Adoption of EHR Around the Globe with Recommendations for Australian My Health Record System , Flinders University, School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics

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Electronic Health Record System (EHR) is a computerized, medical information system that collects, displays and stores a patient’s information. It is an evidence base that addresses issues of patient’s paper record. Implementing such a system will have a high positive impact on healthcare quality and healthcare services. For example, an EHR is an electronic record that chronologically stores a citizen’s medical data, from their GPs whom connected with EHR system, from approximately the first months of gestation until their death and can bring those record anytime and to any authorized physician. As this study discovered there is a lack of enrollment in My Health Record system in Australia (Chapter 3), My Health Record needs more than 15 years to enroll all citizens in Australia, the objectives of this study are to investigate the present status of EHR implementations around the world and to identify the best practice solutions. Also, the study focuses on how to adopt the best practice in Australia. The methodology of this thesis’ recommendations is on conducted through an academic research that included electronic books, journal articles, politician speeches, and websites. This thesis obtained all information from a search strategy using PubMed, Google Scholar and Google of the best practices that have been applied in many countries including the US, Canada, Europe. Ranges of documents have been chosen randomly, while others were searched for as they were mentioned as reliable and recent ones. In some cases, key words, such as electronic health care system, were used. With more than 75 references used that provided the recommendations to adopt the best practices solutions for Australian My Health Record System while implementation. This thesis has been exposed the problems in EHR systems as implemented globally. The recommendations that are being handled as the most relevant can be summarized as following: Improve the overall awareness of the stakeholders, have training sessions for stakeholders on My Health Record System, pay for physicians if they used the system, achieving ongoing technical and systems security integrity and compliance, implement a response plan if there is a breach of the EHR system and implement easy graphical user interface to make it easy for stakeholders. There are more recommendations in recommendations chapter. The research concluded that by adopting these best practices solutions, Australia would be able to have a stable healthcare system that will ensure a higher level of healthcare quality patients or to healthcare alike.

Keywords: Australia, Healthcare, Health science, Digital health, Recommendation, Electronic Health Record, My Health Record.

Subject: Computer Science thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2017
School: School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Supervisor: Anna Shillabeer