EMAIMO I. ESSIEN
Effective adaptation of electronic health recording (ERR) system in Nigerian hospitals is hindered by various barriers. This paper investigated the challenges of implementation of EHR in Akwa Ibom general hospitals. The research was a survey design, while the population consisted of nurses from 6 general hospitals in the region selected through the use of stratified random sampling technique. Each senatorial district in the area of study formed a stratum from which the sample of 480 nurses was randomly selected using proportionate random sampling method. The researcher prepared a 14-item instrument called “Electronic Health Recording Questionnaire” for use in data collection, using Yes or No format. The instrument was face-validated by experts in Educational Measurement and Evaluation. Frequency count and percentages were employed in analysing data. Findings showed that EHR is not adapted in general hospitals. Human capital, technical and institutional factors influence the implementation of EHR. It was recommended that identified barriers should be urgently and aggressively addressed. Hospitals should be equipped with the necessary EHR facilities and equipment in addition to instituting viable interconnectivity within hospitals for productivity and effectiveness.
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