Issues of System Implementation
Electronic system implementation in healthcare organization links to various issues of management, knowledge, and security. Generally, implementation phase of a project is where researcher undertake activities to attain the outcome. Implementation faces challenges including, high cost of Electronic Health Records (HER) execution compared to restricted available resources (Rahimi & Vimarlund, 2007). Capital demand increases because of need for original and costly equipment and re-training of health practitioners. Health practitioners may also need extended technical assistance to adapt to the information system. Struggling with new technological interventions may be a great problem to physicians, resulting in long-term resistance or reluctance to change.
Information allocation in the EHR system generates the problem of managing confidentiality of patient’s records. Health organization often create the ease of accessing EHR among physician regardless of information security effects (Ammenwerth, 2006). The ability of an organization to sustain of electronic system may be a challenge since it demands much attention. Some healthcare organizations faces a problem of internet service connection that may result from poor installations or system fault. Finally, HER operation requires workforce with adequate health-related information knowledge, which are limited in most nations. The organization must undergo firing and hiring new workers, which is also expensive.
EHR system facilitates fast communication among health practitioners hence, output efficiency. Data management becomes easy with the application of information system compared to manual practice (Med, 2006). However, information system execution can be time-consuming if given less attention. According to Ginter, Swayne & Duncan (2002), implementation process comes with decreased organizational output since it requires workforce re-training, acquisition of new equipment, and new job pattern designs. The process being very expensive poses high demand to organization’s resources.
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