Mobile technology has been touted as a great means of overcoming formidable barriers to physician use of clinical information systems (see October, page 4).
Now, Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis is trying to find out if reality lives up to the hype.
"My goal as a researcher is trying to come up with a solution to get electronic medical records in family physician offices," says Deborah Allen, M.D., director of the Bowen Research Center on health improvement and primary care at IU and director of the Indiana Family Practice Research Network (INET). "We're looking at their satisfaction with the system."
Beginning around the first of the year, INET will undertake a six-month study of physician acceptance of technology by supplying six Indianapolis-area primary care practices with wireless computer networks and Tablet PCs loaded with full-blown EMR software. The software, from Indianapolis-based Isprit, features active clinical decision support, by which the system will regularly monitor medical staff compliance with practice guidelines.