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The Evaluation and Effectiveness of an Interdisciplinary Course in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology for Health and Rehabilitation Professionals

Columbus, Mindy L. (2006) The Evaluation and Effectiveness of an Interdisciplinary Course in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology for Health and Rehabilitation Professionals. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examined the effectiveness of an online interdisciplinary course in electronic health record (EHR) technology at the University of Pittsburgh for health and rehabilitation professionals. The purpose of the study was to determine how familiar participants were with EHR technology; determine if attitudes changed toward EHR technology after taking the course; and determine if the course met the needs and expectations of the participants. The goal of the project was to educate health and rehabilitation professionals about EHR technology and to identify a model interdisciplinary course for this topic. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected through questionnaires, practice module exams, and participant interviews. Participants who took the course showed significant gains in their knowledge of almost all of the content areas. The primary strength of the course was its structure, in particular, with the audio presentation. The weaknesses of the course were with regard to the quantity of and time allotted to complete assignments, as well as the desire to have more hands-on vendor component assignments. Although participant attitudes were favorable toward EHR technology before taking the course, they improved after taking the course. Overall participants believed that it is important that EHR technology is implemented in healthcare and benefited significantly from taking the course.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Columbus, Mindy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWatzlaf, Valerie J Mvalgeo@pitt.eduVALGEO
Committee MemberRubinstein, Elaine Nenr@pitt.eduENR
Committee MemberAnania-Firouzan, Pattipatti@pitt.eduPATTI
Committee MemberCopeland, Valire Carrsswvcc@pitt.eduSSWVCC
Date: 2 May 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 21 April 2006
Approval Date: 2 May 2006
Submission Date: 1 May 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinician attitudes toward EHR; EHR functionality and advantages; EHR technology in healthcare; technology in clinical education
Other ID:, etd-05012006-141926
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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