An exploratory investigation of usage of digital stethoscope by clinicians in telehealth setting through Information Systems success model

PhD Thesis


Soroush, Layla. 2011. An exploratory investigation of usage of digital stethoscope by clinicians in telehealth setting through Information Systems success model. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.
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An exploratory investigation of usage of digital stethoscope by clinicians in telehealth setting through Information Systems success model

TypePhD Thesis
Authors
AuthorSoroush, Layla
SupervisorGururajan, Raj
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages300
Year2011
Abstract

Telehealth systems have been identified as a means of improving access and quality of healthcare services, particularly those in rural and remote areas. Since physicians are the primary users of telehealth infrastructure in providing quality care, their level of technology usage has an impact on a system’s success. This study builds on current research by developing a framework to evaluate the use of DS by clinicians in a telehealth environment.
Three popular digital stethoscopes available in the market were chosen for this study and their technical features identified. A preliminary framework to assess the usage of a new medical technology, digital stethoscope in a telehealth setting was developed, based mainly on specific attributes of IS success model and Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The study explores the relationship between information quality, system quality, service quality and their impact on clinicians’ satisfaction and usage of the system.
The study was conducted in five stages: literature review, small pilot test, documentation review, focus group, and observation. The qualitative case study approach was identified as the most suitable for this study. Documentation review, observations and focus group interviews were adopted as the main qualitative data collection methods within this exploratory study. In total, 19 focus groups in India and three in Australia were conducted in hospitals located in either metropolitan areas or regional networks. The collected data was imported into Nvivo 8 for further analysis and examined for themes relevant to the literature and the development of the subsequent conceptual framework.
The key premise informing this research has been that understanding users’ perceptions towards a particular medical technology is required prior to the successful implementation of a telehealth system where Digital Stethoscopes (DS) are deployed. The main finding of the study was clinicians’ perceptions toward medical technologies appear to be consistent within both case studies, except for aspects such as cost and design. The information quality, service quality and system quality of a telehealth system where a DS is deployed appears to have an impact on the level of user satisfaction and, consequently, may influence clinicians’ intention to accept and use the DS in their daily practice. The preliminary conceptual model developed for this study based on the literature review to guide the data collection remained relatively unchanged, although additional factors have been included as a result of clinicians’ views, thus enhancing Information Systems success model.
This dissertation contributes to the number of existing theories and provides practical outcomes for three different groups: health managers, manufacturers and clinicians.

Keywordshealthcare services; telehealth systems; medical technology; clinicians' satisfaction; technology acceptance model
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460699. Distributed computing and systems software not elsewhere classified
420305. Health and community services
460905. Information systems development methodologies and practice
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Business and Law
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Soroush, Layla, Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj. 2010. "Clinicians' perception of using digital stethoscopes in telehealth platform: Queensland telehealth preliminary study." Rosemann, Michael (ed.) 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2010). Brisbane, Australia 01 - 03 Dec 2010 Brisbane, Australia.