Adoption of Block Chain Technology to Enhance Patient Records Management- a Case of Mulago National Referral Hospital

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2024-03-09
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Uganda Christian University
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Block chain technology holds immense potential for transforming patient records management in healthcare settings. However, its adoption faces numerous challenges, particularly in resource-constrained environments such as Mulago National Referral Hospital. In this study, we aimed to investigate the factors influencing the adoption of block chain technology to enhance patient records management at Mulago Hospital. Using a quantitative methods approach, data was collected from healthcare professionals at Mulago Hospital through a structured questionnaire survey. Participants were selected based on their involvement in patient record management processes. Data collection involved administering the questionnaire to key stakeholders. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The findings reveal several key insights into the factors affecting the adoption of block chain technology at Mulago Hospital. Organizational support, regulatory compliance, and training programs emerged as critical determinants of perceived usefulness and ease of use of block chain technology. The study also identified concerns regarding data security and interoperability as significant barriers to adoption. Despite these challenges, there is a consensus among healthcare professionals about the potential benefits of block chain technology in improving patient record management practices. The implications of these findings underscore the importance of addressing organizational and technical challenges to facilitate the successful adoption of block chain technology in healthcare settings. By providing insights into the perceptions and attitudes of healthcare professionals, this study contributes to the growing body of literature on technology adoption in healthcare. Ultimately, the successful implementation of block chain technology at Mulago Hospital could serve as a model for similar healthcare facilities facing similar challenges worldwide.
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