Assessing outpatients’ attitudes and expectations towards electronic Personal Health Records(ePHR) systems in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Keywords:ePHR, health informatics, electronic health records, Personal health records, outpatients' attitudes, technology adoption
This study investigates patients’ attitudes and expectations regarding ePHRs in Saudi Arabia. It also gives insights about addressing the gap between the interest and the utilization of ePHRs by presenting information about patients’ preferences for ePHR features and activities. The findings show higher interest rates (75%) in ePHR use compared to other studies in developed countries. They also indicate high levels of perceived usefulness of ePHRs on patients’ health (88%) and healthcare (91%). Different levels of ePHR privacy concerns are reported by 67% of the patients. However, results show that more than 60% of the patients are willing to give their physicians and some designated family members and friends permission to view their ePHR. More research is needed to explore the ePHR privacy concerns of patients.
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