Mher Beglaryan (MPH ‘13) Publishes Article in International Journal of Medical Informatics

YEREVAN, Armenia – American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) alumnus Mher Beglaryan (MPH ‘13) published an article entitled “Development of a tripolar model of technology acceptance: Hospital-based physicians’ perspective on EHR” in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. The article was based on his master’s thesis project.

The International Journal of Medical Informatics is one of the top peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the health informatics field and aims to cover a wide variety of issues on all kinds of information systems in healthcare settings including the organizational, economic, social and clinical impact of IT applications in health care.

The article looks at the barriers of Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation from the perspective of Armenian physicians, it identifies major determinants of physicians’ acceptance of technology and reconciles individual-oriented and environment-oriented theoretical approaches to develop a Tripolar Model of Technology Acceptance, bringing together three key pillars of the healthcare: patients, practitioners, and provider organizations. The proposed model offers stronger explanative and predictive abilities for physician’s behavior compared to the currently prevalent model (technology acceptance model).

The study draws on a cross-sectional survey of 233 physicians from hospitals of Yerevan, Armenia. The analysis employed exploratory structural equation modeling (ESEM). The derived model identifies the following factors as direct determinants of behavioral intention to use a novel technology: projected collective usefulness; personal innovativeness; patient influence; and resistance to change. It also explicates with greater depth the interdependence of different participants of the healthcare and complex interactions between healthcare and technologies. The co-authors are Varduhi Petrosyan, MS, PhD, Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health and Edward Bunker, MPH, MS, Division of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA.

For the full article, “Beglaryan, M., V. Petrosyan, and E. Bunker, Development of a tripolar model of technology acceptance: Hospital-based physicians’ perspective on EHR. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2017, 102: p. 50-61” click here: http://to.mher.pro/TMTA-free.

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