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User Requirements for an Electronic Medical Records System for Oncology in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Uganda.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cancer is a major public health challenge in developing countries but the healthcare systems are not well prepared to deal with the epidemic. Health information technologies such as electronic medical records (EMRs) have the potential to improve cancer care yet their adoption remains low, in part due to EMR systems not meeting user requirements. This study aimed at analyzing the user requirements for an EMR for a cancer hospital in Uganda. A user-centered approach was taken, through focus group discussion and interviews with target end users to analyze workflow, challenges and wishes. Findings highlight the uniqueness of oncology in low-resource settings and the requirements including support for oncology-specific documentation, reuse of data for research and reporting, assistance with care coordination, computerized clinical decision support, and the need to meet the constraints in terms of technological infrastructure, stretched healthcare workforce and flexibility to allow variations and exceptions.

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2017. Vol. 2017, p. 1004-1013
Keywords [en]
Developing countries, Electronic Health Records, Medical Oncology, Requirements engineering, User requirements, User-Centered Design Methods
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364806PubMedID: 29854168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-364806DiVA, id: diva2:1260548
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AMIA 2017
Available from: 2018-11-03 Created: 2018-11-03 Last updated: 2018-11-03

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