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Pharmacists’ opinions on e-prescribing and the electronic health record system planned for Poland – a survey questionnaire

Marta Kowalczyk, Tomasz Hermanowski and Katarzyna Kolasa
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Marta Kowalczyk: Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Zakład Farmakoekonomiki
Tomasz Hermanowski: Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Zakład Farmakoekonomiki
Katarzyna Kolasa: Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Zakład Farmakoekonomiki

Collegium of Economic Analysis Annals, 2016, issue 42, 327-338

Abstract: Introduction: E-prescription and electronic health records (EHR) are scheduled to become obligatory in Poland in August 2016 and January 2018, respectively. Adequately informing healthcare professionals and pharmacists, and taking into account their concerns and expectations, will have an influence on the success of the implementation and work efficacy of these systems. Aim: The aim of this survey was to explore pharmacists’ opinions on the planned e-prescribing and EHR implementation in Poland. Methods: A representative sample of 100 respondents was included. The questionnaire had twenty-seven questions. Results: Responses generally showed that pharmacists perceive potential benefits in the introduction of e-health functionalities. However, for many questions the responses were ambiguous, probably due to inadequate, or lack of, information campaigns. For most questions, the responses did not differ significantly between pharmacists working in main provincial cities and those working in medium or small towns. Conclusions: Information and promotional campaigns for future e-health system users are recommended.

Keywords: e-prescribing; electronic health record; pharmacists; e-Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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