Penetration and adoption of health information technology (IT) in Thailand's community health centers (CHCs): A national survey

Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Supasit Pannarunothai, Stuart M Speedie

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Abstract

A universal healthcare coverage program has been implemented in Thailand since 2001 and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is restructuring its health information systems to support the management of this reform. The MOPH believes that health information technology (IT) is fundamental to the development of an effective health information system, and that users' adoption of health IT is one of the most important factors to the success of health IT implementation projects. However, there is no national data available regarding the penetration and adoption of health IT in Thai community health centers (CHCs). This cross sectional survey was designed to study the penetration and adoption of health IT in the country's community health centers. A random sample of 1,607 regionally stratified CHC's from a total of 9,806 CHCs was selected. With an 82% response rate, the data showed that people who worked in CHCs were currently heavy users of health IT. They exhibited high IT acceptance and positive attitudes toward using health IT. CHCs' staff was less resistant to adopt health IT than previously anticipated. These results are similar in all of the country's geographic regions. Health IT is pervasive in CHCs across the country and penetrates all regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2007 - Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Sustainable Health Systems
PublisherIOS Press
Pages1154-1158
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781586037741
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 24 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume129
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period8/20/078/24/07

Keywords

  • Thailand
  • attitude of health personnel
  • community health centers
  • computer systems
  • diffusion of innovation
  • information systems

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