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PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to understand the preparations for the introduction of electronic patient record systems (EPRs) within the outpatient services department of a large acute hospital based in the UK. In particular, one of the main aims of the study was to examine in detail the likely impact of EPRs on the working practices of healthcare(More)
PURPOSE This paper explores the implications that different technical strategies for sharing patient information have for healthcare workers and, as a consequence, for the extent to which these systems provide support for integrated care. METHODS Four technical strategies were identified and the forms of coupling they made with healthcare agencies were(More)
BACKGROUND A study is reported that examines the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems in two UK local health communities. OBJECTIVE These systems were developed locally and the aim of the study was to explore how well they were supporting the coordination of care along healthcare pathways that cross the organisational boundaries between the(More)