Digital Maternity Records: Physician's and and Midwife's perspective on motivation and usability
11 / 2020 – 04 / 2020
Maternity logbooks play an essential role in antenatal care and have been introduced in Germany in
1968 . The logbook contains all relevant health information and medical investigations from the
start of pregnancy until after birth . The current state-of-the-art is to still enter all information
by hand into this logbook.
Pregnancy-care and possible complications are complex and extensive, hence the idea of a
digital form of the maternity logbook arose. Digitalized records allow electronical data comparison
for a better understanding of pregnancies, potential risks, impairments and their cause . Digital
data collection offers a faster and wider comparison, better access possibilities and thus faster
reaction in emergency and prevention of data loss . Furthermore, digitalization can facilitate
the data input to enable the staff to focus on the patient by reducing paper work. Additionally,
a central data source enables a better communication between physicians among each other and
midwifes [3, 4].
A crucial factor for a successful adoption of digital maternity records are the physicians and
midwifes that have to include the tool into their workflow. Therefore, their requirements, requests
and motivation to use potential tools and software should be understood . Requirement
Engineering and User Acceptance are important in the introduction of new software .
The aim of this thesis is to identify medical professionals’ motivation factors, requirements
and key components with respect to the adoption of a digital maternity record system.
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