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Abstract

Background: Developing countries are confronting a steady growth in the prevalence of the infectious diseases. Mobile technologies are widely available and can play an important role in health care at the regional, community, and individual levels. Although labs usually able to accomplish the requested blood test and produce the results within two days after receiving the samples, but the time for the results to be delivered back to clinics is quite variable depending on how often the motorbike transport makes trips between the clinic and the lab. Objective: In this study, we seek to assess factors facilitating as well as factors hindering the adoption of mobile devices in the Swazi healthcare through evaluating the end-users of the LabPush system. Methods: A qualitative study with semi-structured and in-depth one on one interviews were conducted over two month period July-August 2012. Purposive sampling was used; participants were those operating and using the LabPush system at the remote clinics, at the national laboratory and the supervisors of users at Swaziland. Interview questions were focused on perceived of ease of use and usefulness of the system. All interviews were recorded and then transcribed. Results: This study had aimed its primary focus on reducing TAT, prompt patient care, reducing bouncing of patients and defaulting of patients which were challenges that the clinicians have always had. Therefore, the results revealed several barriers and facilitators to the adoption of mobile device by healthcare providers in the Swaziland. The themes Shortens TAT, Technical support, Patient-centered care, Mindset, Improved communication, Missing Reports, Workload, Workflow, Security of smart phone, Human error and Ownership are sorted by facilitators to barriers. Conclusion: Thus the end-users perspective, prompt patient care, reduced bouncing of patients, technical support, better communication, willing participant and social influence were facilitators of the adoption m-health in the Swazi healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Volume118
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Swaziland
Text Messaging
Mobile devices
Interviews
Delivery of Health Care
Communication
Patient Care
Supervisory personnel
Off-Road Motor Vehicles
Health care
Developing countries
Equipment and Supplies
Patient-Centered Care
Blood
Workflow
Ownership
Hematologic Tests
Sampling
Workload
Health Personnel

Keywords

  • Laboratory results via short message service (SMS)
  • LabPush
  • Mhealth
  • Qualitative study
  • Remote clinics
  • Swazi healthcare
  • Turnaround time (TAT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine(all)

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LabPush : A pilot study of providing remote clinics with laboratory results via short message service (SMS) in Swaziland, Africa - A qualitative study. / Hao, Wen Rui; Hsu, Yi Hsin; Chen, Kuan Chen; Li, Hsien-Chang; Iqbal, Usman; Nguyen, Phung Anh; Huang, Chih Wei; Yang, Hsuan Chia; Lee, Peisan; Li, Mei Hsuan; Hlatshwayo, Sharoon Lungile; Jack Li, Yu Chuan; Jian, Wen Shan.

In: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Vol. 118, No. 1, 2015, p. 77-83.

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