142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Selecting a Suitable Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendors

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jungyeon Kim, MBA , Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Robert Ohsfeldt, Ph.D , Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
EHR vendor selection is one of the most important initial steps in process of Electroinc Health Records (EHR) implementation. A mismatch between EHR vendor and hospital can have significant adverse effect on the implementation of EHR. However, it is very hard to select a vendor that suits an organizational among the many available vendors in the market. This study aims to examine which relationship exists between the locations of hospitals (rural-urban) and other organizational contextual factors and Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendor selection. Cross-sectional multivariate analysis of survey data drawn from HIMSS Annalytics annual survey of 2013 conducted with hospitals in the United States was used in this study. The location of hospitals affects EHR vendors. Rural and urban hospitals select different EHR vendors. This implies that hospitals in similar location with similar practice goals and patterns need to select EHR vendors that meet their needs and budget. In addition to the location of hospitals, practice goals and patterns affect EHR vendor selection. The result of this study guides rural hospitals about selecting a suitable EHR vendor, which will lead to the successful implementation and adoption of EHR. Future research can be conducted about whether hospitals that selected the same vendor with the similar organizational learning processes are more likely to succeed in EHR implementation and attain meaningful use of EHRs.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Communication and informatics
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
analyze which relationship exists between the location of hospitals and other organizational contextural factors including the type of hospitals, organizational practice goals, and financial resources and EHR vendor selection

Keyword(s): Information Technology, Rural Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This is one of my three dissertation papers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.