Integrating a mobile health applications for self-management to enhance Telecare system

Hao Yun Kao, Chun Wang Wei, Min Chun Yu, Tyng Yeu Liang, Wen Hsiung Wu, Yenchun Jim Wu

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Abstract

A dramatic global increase in the pervasiveness of chronic illness has coincided with a reduction in the availability of healthcare resources, coupled with increased costs for care, forcing a fundamental reevaluation of care processes. These trends have driven interest in the use of advanced healthcare information systems and telematics applications to improve care availability while reducing overall costs, but such measures require taking an integrated approach to a range of interrelated social, economic, political and cultural impacts and challenges. Telecare technologies allow hospitals to continuously monitor biomedical indicators, while providing patients with online services such as clinical appointment scheduling, medical consulting, remote alerts, etc. Telecare has the potential to transform the healthcare industry by reducing costs, increasing quality, and enhancing patient satisfaction. The development of a real-time monitoring healthcare service model through the integration of information and communications technologies (ICT) has emerged as a research priority. This study explores the design, value creation, development and evaluation of Telecare systems and mobile health applications for autonomous health management to ensure appropriate home-based health monitoring and treatment while improving care performance. A well-defined methodology is needed to develop artifacts due to increasing disease complexity. This study develops an Android-based self-management application based on design science research methodology. The App assists users in collecting and monitoring indicators to prompt appropriate care services. This study uses individual home self-care as the basic Telecare unit to design a service model integrating six kinds of healthcare services. Usability testing is conducted to reflect five constructs: system usefulness, ease of learning, information quality, interface quality, and overall satisfaction. Experimental results support previous research findings regarding the Chronic Care Model and enhance the effectiveness of mobile-based services. Our work provides a useful reference to researchers and practitioners interested in understanding how hospitals can better facilitate more effective mobile-based technology adoption in today's e-health environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-825
Number of pages11
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Design Science
  • Mobile health application
  • Self-management
  • Telecare
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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