Identification of Factors that affect the Implementation of New Medical Information Systems in Sri Lanka

Dassanayake P.M., Wijayanayaka W. M. J. I


Medical Information Systems (MedIS) are specially designed software apparatus used for information collection and distribution in today’s world of medical practice. A successful implementation of such a system will create uncountable opportunities to enhance the standards of health care systems. In this research, the possibility of implementing such a MedIS in Sri Lanka was tested by questionnaires, distributed among medical a number of doctors nurses and administrators, currently contributing to the Sri Lankan medical system throughout the island.

Through thorough analysis of literature a conceptual model was developed with essential categories of factors namely, Man power feasibility, Infrastructure feasibility and financial feasibility form the basis and Operational feasibility and Level of adaptation forming subsequent stages of the model. The results tested on these factors demonstrated that this model to be accurate with the current the medical practice.

The research revealed that human factor, IT infrastructure, and operational adaptability affect MedIS implementation. Further, the research concluded that deficient of clarity among the medical personals about the system functions and its structure has affected the longevity of operations of the system. More over the lack of attention and enthusiasm of governing bodies in to the MedIS have resulted with a huge fissure of financial and infrastructural feasibility which holds up the fruits of MedIS become a reality in Sri Lanka