ICT COMPETENCE AS FACTOR INFLUENCING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS BY MEDICAL DOCTORS IN TEACHING HOSPITALS IN SOUTH-WEST, NIGERIA

C. N. Ikonne (PhD), E. Madukoma (PhD), Ogundele Oluseye Abiodun

Abstract


The study evaluated the influence of ICT competence on the use of electronic health records by medical doctors in teaching hospitals in South-West, Nigeria. The study adopted a survey design with a study population of 3,381 medical doctors (excluding medical doctors on internship and National Youth Service). Sample size is the number that is selected or drawn from the population for a study. A sample size of 345 was determined for this study using krejcie and Morgan (1970) formula. A structured and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was analyzed using the SPSS software, frequency distribution and percentages. The findings revealed that Medical doctors in the teaching hospitals in South-West Nigeria used mostly available electronic records for x-rays, test results, recording observations, laboratory data and automated vital signs. In addition, Electronic health records less used by medical doctors in the teaching hospitals in South-West Nigeria are referral notes and administration of drugs and therapies. The study concludes that that ICT competence is critical factors for enhancing the use of electronic health records among medical doctors in teaching hospitals in South-West, Nigeria. However, the study recommended that awareness programme should be up scaled by hospital management to facilitate wider knowledge and usage of the existence of every sources of information regarding the EHR. 

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ICT competence, electronic health records, use of electronic health records, medical doctors and teaching hospitals.

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