e-Health readiness assessment factors and measuring tools: A systematic review

Yusif, Salifu, Hafeez-Baig, Abdul, and Soar, Jeffrey (2017) e-Health readiness assessment factors and measuring tools: A systematic review. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 107. pp. 56-64.

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Background: The evolving, adoption and high failure nature of health information technology (HIT)/IS/T systems requires effective readiness assessment to avert increasing failures while increasing system benefits. However, literature on HIT readiness assessment is myriad and fragmented. This review bares the contours of the available literature concluding in a set of manageable and usable recommendations for policymakers, researchers, individuals and organizations intending to assess readiness for any HIT implementation.

Objectives: Identify studies, analyze readiness factors and offer recommendations.

Method: Published articles 1995–2016 were searched using Medline/PubMed, Cinahl, Web of Science, PsychInfo, ProQuest. Studies were included if they were assessing IS/T/mHealth readiness in the context of HIT. Articles not written in English were excluded. Themes that emerged in the process of the data synthesis were thematically analysed and interpreted.

Results: Analyzed themes were found across 63 articles. In accordance with their prevalence of use, they included but not limited to “Technological readiness”, 30 (46%); “Core/Need/Motivational readiness”, 23 (37%); “Acceptance and use readiness”, 19 (29%); “Organizational readiness”, 20 (21%); “IT skills/Training/Learning readiness” (18%), “Engagement readiness”, 16 (24%) and “Societal readiness” (14%). Despite their prevalence in use, “Technological readiness”, “Motivational readiness” and “Engagement readiness” all had myriad and unreliable measuring tools. Core readiness had relatively reliable measuring tools, which repeatedly been used in various readiness assessment studies

Conclusion: Thus, there is the need for reliable measuring tools for even the most commonly used readiness assessment factors/constructs: Core readiness, Engagement and buy-ins readiness, Technological readiness and IT Skills readiness as this could serve as an immediate step in conducting effective/reliable e-Health readiness assessment, which could lead to reduced HIT implementation failures.

Item ID: 75088
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8243
Keywords: Assessment tools, EHR/EMR, HIT/e-Health, mHealth, Readiness, Telehealth/telemedicine
Copyright Information: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2022 00:47
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4601 Applied computing > 460102 Applications in health @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420308 Health informatics and information systems @ 50%
SEO Codes: 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2204 Information systems, technologies and services > 220408 Information systems @ 100%
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