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An Approach for Enhancing Adoption, Use and Utility of Shared Digital Health Records in Rural Australian Communities


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Almond, HM ORCID: 0000-0001-8918-7091, Cummings, EA ORCID: 0000-0001-6501-7450 and Turner, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4504-2338 2017 , 'An Approach for Enhancing Adoption, Use and Utility of Shared Digital Health Records in Rural Australian Communities' , Studies in health technology and informatics, vol. 235 , pp. 378-382 , doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-753-5-378.

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Internationally, shared digital health records are considered an importantaddition to improving modern health care provision. Australia launched its version,My Health Record (MyHR), in 2012 but has experienced low adoption andchallenges in practical implementation and evaluation. Individuals living withcomplex and chronic conditions in rural and remote communities often experiencechallenges in obtaining equitable access to health care provision. They are alsosupposed to face additional barriers to adopting and using eHealth services. Thispaper reports on research investigating adoption, use and utility of MyHR, in ruralremote Australian community settings. Based on this research an approach forimproving national roll out of MyHR is presented. The approach highlights ameans to understand and engage communities with complex care needs, to supporttheir adoption and use of digital tools. It also draws attention to holistic methodsfor evaluating and assessing impact at individual, community and health careprovision levels.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Almond, HM and Cummings, EA and Turner, P
Keywords: My Health Record, rural communities, digital complex care pathways
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in health technology and informatics
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 0926-9630
DOI / ID Number: 10.3233/978-1-61499-753-5-378
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Copyright 2017 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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