Abstract

Background: Usually patients receive healthcare services from multiple hospitals, and consequently their healthcare data are dispersed over many facilities paper and electronic-based record systems. Therefore, many countries have encouraged the research on data interoperability, access, and patient authorization. This study is an important part of a national project to build an information exchange environment for cross-hospital digital medical records carried out by the Department of Health (DOH) of Taiwan in May 2008. The key objective of the core project is to set up a portable data exchange environment in order to enable people to maintain and own their essential health information.This study is aimed at exploring the factors influencing behavior and adoption of USB-based Personal Health Records (PHR) in Taiwan. Methods. Quota sampling was used, and structured questionnaires were distributed to the outpatient department at ten medical centers which participated in the DOH project to establish the information exchange environment across hospitals. A total of 3000 questionnaires were distributed and 1549 responses were collected, out of those 1465 were valid, accumulating the response rate to 48.83%. Results: 1025 out of 1465 respondents had expressed their willingness to apply for the USB-PHR. Detailed analysis of the data reflected that there was a remarkable difference in the usage intention between the PHR adopters and non-adopters (2 =182.4, p

Original languageEnglish
Article number277
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Behavior
  • Personal Health Records (PHR)
  • Taiwan
  • Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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