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Factors Influencing Nurses’ Intentions Toward the Use of Mobile Electronic Medical Records


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: March 2013 - Volume 31 - Issue 3 - p 124–132
doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e318270100b
Feature Article

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing nurses’ intentions toward the use of mobile electronic medical records, based on the Theory of Diffusion of Innovations. The cross-sectional study used a structured questionnaire for data collection, focusing on the nurses of a large hospital in southern Taiwan. A total of 720 valid questionnaires were returned yielding a response rate of 82.0%. Multiple regression analysis of the responses identified three innovative characteristics, compatibility, complexity, and observability, as significantly influencing nurses’ intentions toward adopting mobile electronic medical records, whereas relative advantage and trialability did not. In addition, nursing seniority affected nurses’ intentions significantly toward adopting mobile electronic medical records. Implications of effects of the factors and future research directions are discussed.

Author Affiliations: Department of Nursing, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology (Ms Hsu); Departments of Nursing (Ms Hsu) and Information Systems (Ms Chen), Chi Mei Medical Center; and Departments of Information Management (Dr Liu) and Hospital and Health Care Administration (Dr Weng), Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Funding for this study was received from Chi Mei Medical Center (CMFHR9957).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Chung-Feng Liu, PhD, Department of Information Management, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, 60, Erh-Jen Rd, Sec.1, Jen-Te, Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China (

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