Accession Number : ADA189905

Title :   Medical Information Systems. Familiarity and Receptivity.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Blood, Christopher G ; Brand, Dawn P

PDF Url : ADA189905

Report Date : 02 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The administrative burden associated with Navy reporting requirements is great. The need for a shipboard medical information system to ease this burden has been documented. However, a recent study to assess medical information system needs indicated that some respondents did not feel the medical department should be computerized. The objective of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between perceived automation need and current automation status. It was hypothesized that those less familiar with the benefits to be attained through automation would be less receptive to medical department computerization. Measures of current automation were the presence of the Shipboard Non-tactical ADP Program (SNAP) and/or microcomputers. Measures of receptivity to department automation included perceived need for automation of reports and composite scores of perceived need for twelve automated medical capabilities. At each higher automation level there was greater receptiveness to automating reports. The correlation between automated reports requested and current automation status was significant. The composite medical functions need scores also increased with present level of automation. Those ships with the highest present levels of automation were the most receptive to medical department computerization. The hypothesized relationship between automation familiarity and receptivity was supported. Any pre-implementation strategy should include a thorough user orientation with the system and its associated benefits.

Descriptors :   *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *MEDICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *BIOMEDICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS, AUTOMATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MEDICAL SERVICES, MEDICINE, MICROCOMPUTERS, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), SCORING, SHIPBOARD, USER NEEDS, NAVAL PERSONNEL, DATA PROCESSING, SURVEYS

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Psychology
      Computer Systems
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE