Best poster presentation at the The 37th Annual Michigan Family Medicine Research Day Conference

Kelly-blakeCenter Research Associate Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, won best poster presentation for practitioner/faculty/teacher at the 37th Annual Michigan Family Medicine Research Day Conference on May 22, 2014 in Howell, MI.

Dr. Kelly-Blake presented the poster “African American patient’s perception of health information technology use at their doctor’s office: a qualitative analysis study.”

Authors: Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD; Masahito Jimbo, MD, PhD, MPH; Krystle Woods, PhD; Mack T. Ruffin, IV, MD, MPH

Background: With the strong push to accelerate the implementation of health information technology (HIT) in clinical settings, consideration must be given to the impact these interventions have on the quality and cost of care for every patient, especially for those most likely to experience disparities.
Methods: Qualitative analysis of semi-structured phone interviews with 12 African American patients (6 female; 6 male) participating in the Decision Aid to Technologically Enhance Shared Decision Making (DATES) (Jimbo, PI, R01CA52413) study to explore their perceptions and concerns about the use and acceptability of HIT use in healthcare settings.
Results: Preliminary interview analysis identified three common themes in patient comments concerning the use of health information technology in their particular health care setting: 1) concern about security and privacy; 2) increased and immediate access to provider; and 3) improved capacity to share medical information with other doctors.
Conclusions: Appropriate implementation strategies must include patient input and experience as health care organizations adopt, expand, and tailor their HIT systems.