Feasibility study of telemedicine implementation in Hormozgan university of medical sciences

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Mohammad Hosein Hayavi Haghighi 1 , Jahanpour Alipour 2 , * , Zahra Mastaneh 1 , lotfallah Mouseli 3

1 Instructor Department of Medical Records, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Maser of Health Management, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Instructor Department of Health Information Technology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: Hayavi Haghighi M H, Alipour J, Mastaneh Z, Mouseli L. Feasibility study of telemedicine implementation in Hormozgan university of medical sciences, Hormozgan Med J. 2011 ; 15(2):e88473.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 15 (2); e88473
Published Online: December 22, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 18, 2010
Accepted: December 22, 2010

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Abstract

Introduction: Health care organizations encounter with new telemedicine technology
create channels for cooperation, education and teleconsultation. Telemedicine is a
technology communication for clinical care of patients. Achieving health care in Hormozgan
province is a great problem because of its privation and existence of Islands. This study
review the possibility of use of telemedicine in Hormozgan.
Methods: This study was descriptive- cross sectional. Research population included:
chancellor, information technology manager and medical specialists. Sample size was the
same as population size. Necessary data were gathered by standard questionnaire called“
telemedicine measurement tool” rendered by Medicare. Data analysis was done by using
SPSS software.
Results: from total of 141 specialists, 85.5% of them indicated consultation and 71.6% of
them indicated education as the best usage of telemedicine technology. Lack o technical staff
and initial costs were respectively indicated by 68.8% and 66.7% of the specialist as the main
barriers of telemedicine implantation. 9.2% of them have experienced teleconsultation and
7.1% tele-education. Strategic plan, supporter physicians and suitable support for
implementation of telemedicine exists. Internet bandwidth was 128 kbps in average and there
were no videoconferencing supplements.
Conclusion: Despite existence of optimal administrative culture, with existing
inappropriate infrastructure and current level of specialist's knowledge, university is not able
to render telemedicine services.

Keywords

Telemedicine – Feasibility Studies - Education

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