Document Type : Original Article


1 Researcher, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences,

2 Department of Information Technology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


CONTEXT: Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) plays a significant role in supporting
the emergency department (ED) workflow. Hence, it is vital to assess the services provided by this
system in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses.
AIMS: The study aimed to assess the information systems in use in the ED of 11 teaching hospitals
associated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) so as to identify their strengths and
weaknesses and improving the quality of these systems.
SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This study was conducted using descriptive‑applied research method.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Data collection tool was a checklist developed based on EDIS
functional profile. It covered two sections of the profile, namely direct care and supportive functions
and their respective subsections.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics through the
estimation of the frequency and frequency percentage for each respective section and subsections
using SPSS software v. 20.
RESULTS: The content conformance rate of the information systems in use in the EDs of IUMS’
teaching hospitals was found to be 49.72% and 75.25% for the direct care section and supportive
functions section, respectively. In addition, the overall conformance rate in the hospitals surveyed
was up to 53.15%.
CONCLUSION: As per the findings of this study, it is suggested that some important clinical and
administrative functions should be incorporated into the redesigned information systems in use in
the EDs under study.


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