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Military Physicians’ Assessments of a Mobile Medical Information System: A Longitudinal Study

Military Physicians’ Assessments of a Mobile Medical Information System: A Longitudinal Study
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Author(s): Shengnan Han (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), Ville Harkke (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), Franck Tétard (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), Mikael Collan (Turku University of Applied Science, Finland) and Jorma Jokela (Centre for Military Medicine Medical School, Finland)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch049
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

This paper sets out to investigate military physicians’ perceptions and usage regarding a mobile medical information system during their military service in the Finnish Defence Forces. Longitudinal data were gathered in September and December of 2005, and April 2006 by three semi-structured surveys. The military physicians (n=31) had positive perceptions of the mobile medical system, and had used it in their daily military training. But the perceived usefulness, in the aspects of effectiveness and usefulness of the system, had declined significantly in April 2006. The same trend has also found in their perception of ease of use, in the aspect of “easy doing what I want to do”. The changes of the physicians’ assessments and beliefs towards the system are explained. Insights of the findings and implications for system improvement are discussed.

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