Perception of health care professionals towards mHealth application

Sinha, Rajesh Kumar and Varghese, RenuElza (2015) Perception of health care professionals towards mHealth application. Journal of the Thai Medical Informatics Association, 1 (2). pp. 105-116.

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Abstract

Mobile technologies are widely expanding and easily available for healthcare and research. They provide the healthcare professionals with the current updated information in the area of healthcare and research. Objectives: To assess the level of perception of the healthcare professionals towards mHealth applications. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study among 310 healthcare professionals including Doctors (94), Nurses (194) and Allied Health (22) was conducted. A validated questionnaire consists of 33 questions, including characteristics of respondents (6 questions), 10 general questions on the use of mobile phones, and 17 perception questions was used to collect data. Statistical Analysis: The SPSS 16.0 was used to determine the frequencies and percentage. The Chi-square test was done to assess the relationship of various variables where p<0.05 was considered significant. Results: Among the participants, 72.9% were smart phone users. More than 70% of the professionals agreed that mHealth assist in data collection and surveillance, adhering to medications and drugs, improving communication of patients with healthcare providers, supporting clinical decision making, alerting healthcare professionals about their patient’s needs, monitoring patients closely but majority of them had no opinion on how mHealth protect the privacy and confidentiality and reduce the clinical workload. Conclusion: This study concludes that many professionals are using smart phones and perceived that mHealth applications can support them in patient care, research, education and promoting the best practices in the healthcare industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perception; mHealth; expectations; healthcare; professionals; mobile electronic devices.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Health Information Management
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 09:11
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 09:11
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/145282

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