Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake presents poster at NAAAS Conference

kelly-blake-crop-facOn February 12, 2015, Center Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake presented a poster, “African-American Patients’ Perception of Health Information Technology Use in their Doctor’s Office: A Qualitative Analysis of Telephone Interviews,” at the 2015 Conference for the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates in Baton Rouge, LA.

The study is a 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 health information technology (HIT) use in healthcare settings. Preliminary interview analysis identified three common themes in patient comments concerning the use of HIT 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. Participants liked the accessibility to nurses and doctors that HIT provided. They mentioned concerns about potential security and privacy issues, but these concerns did not abate their enthusiasm for making use of the available technology. Based on this study, it is too early to make firm recommendations about how to best implement HIT to address health care disparities as health care organizations adopt, expand, and tailor their HIT systems. However, appropriate implementation strategies will need to include patient input and experience as HIT in clinical settings become the mandated norm.

Read more about the NIH-funded study on the Center’s website.

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

Abstract:
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.