Australia launched its first version of personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) on July 1, 2012. The aim of this study is to determine the implementation experience of PCEHR and identify expected adoption status in rural Victoria, Australia after one year of system launch. Such a study was important in order to understand perspectives of rural healthcare providers and consumers about this implementation to highlight areas of improvement for policy makers. The mixed methods research methodology was used in a case study settings where data was gathered during June-August 2013. Face-to-face and semi-structured interviews were performed with healthcare providers which were recorded, transcribed and verified. A survey was conducted to identify consumers awareness and focus group observations were noted to add rich picture to survey results. Data collected was then analysed thematically resulting in eight themes. The conclusion revealed that although implementation was still in progress at the time of this study, overall adoption rate was expected to be slow. Some observations are also noted at the end for better chances of PCEHR adoption.
Research Results of MSc Dissertation @ University of Hertfordshire