Emerging Technologies for Developing Countries. First International EAI Conference, AFRICATEK 2017, Marrakech, Morocco, March 27-28, 2017 Proceedings

Research Article

Investigating TOE Factors Affecting the Adoption of a Cloud-Based EMR System in the Free-State, South Africa

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-67837-5_23,
        author={Nomabhongo Masana and Gerald Muriithi},
        title={Investigating TOE Factors Affecting the Adoption of a Cloud-Based EMR System in the Free-State, South Africa},
        proceedings={Emerging Technologies for Developing Countries. First International EAI Conference, AFRICATEK 2017, Marrakech, Morocco, March 27-28, 2017 Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICATEK},
        year={2017},
        month={10},
        keywords={Adoption Cloud-Based Cloud computing EMR HealthCare TOE framework},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-67837-5_23}
    }
    
  • Nomabhongo Masana
    Gerald Muriithi
    Year: 2017
    Investigating TOE Factors Affecting the Adoption of a Cloud-Based EMR System in the Free-State, South Africa
    AFRICATEK
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67837-5_23
Nomabhongo Masana1,*, Gerald Muriithi1,*
  • 1: Central University of Technoloy
*Contact email: nnomabhongo@gmail.com, gmuriithi@cut.ac.za

Abstract

Paper based medical records face many challenges such as inability of real-time access to patient data, exchange and share medical data, and monitor a patients’ health progress. This negatively affects the ability to improve a patients’ health and carry out medical research. Adopting electronic medical records (EMR) may help address some issues faced with paper records. However, standalone EMR systems may not fully mitigate some issues with paper records due to lack of real-time access to patient data. Cloud Computing presents cost-effective ways of integrating EMR systems together for different health institutions to share selected patient data. However, the extent to which South African health facilities are ready to adopt cloud based EMR, and the nature of patient data that can be shared on the cloud remains unclear. This study investigates the viability of a cloud based EMR for health institutions in the Free State province of South Africa.