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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