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Telehealth Research expanding in Philippines

One of the first projects to enter the WeObservatory was Research-based Community Telehealth Centers for Sustainable Elderly Empowerment by nurse Michael Joseph Dino . His activities have since taken a much larger scale and we are happy to announce that the Telehealth Research Program is expending to new regions in Philippines, starting with Visayas Region. More details on the university website.

For further reading, here’s an abstract from Michael Dino’s Article Using Partial Least Squares (PLS) in Predicting Behavioral Intention for Telehealth Use among Filipino Elderly :

Despite the potential benefits of Telehealth (healthcare delivery at a distance), a digital divide among seniors remains prevalent with lesser attention on their acceptance as end-users of technology. Anchored on a theory of technology adoption, Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT), behavioral intention for Telehealth use among Filipino elderly was determined. The responses of technology-trained older adults (n = 82) were collected using a 12-item questionnaire adapted from Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, Gordon, and Davis (2003) on UTAUT. A Structural Equation Modeling was performed using Partial Least Squares regression for data exploration and model estimation. The study revealed that the UTAUT constructs, particularly effort expectancy (ß = 0.319; p = .000), have yielded a significant influence on the behavioral intention of elderly to participate in Telehealth. Further, gender showed no moderating effect on these variables. Results of the study supported the espousal of UTAUT Model as an indispensable framework in empowering older adults using Telehealth.

Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/265857034_Using_Partial_Least_Squares_%28PLS%29_in_Predicting_Behavioral_Intention_for_Telehealth_Use_among_Filipino_Elderly

New publication: WeTelemed, the global network of women in telemedicine

The International Journal of Bioethics has recently put together a special issue on Telemedicine.  It includes the article of Dr. Véronique Inès Thouvenot , head of WeObservatory, on the global network of women in telemedicine WeTelemed. The article can be found in chapter 7 of the 2014/3 (Vol.25) issue or downloaded in French through cairn.info

The Women and Telemedicine Global Network (WeTelemed) has been initiated in April 2012, with the vision to constitute a Millennia2015 powerful demonstration of women empowerment in the arena of telemedicine through digital solidarity and gender equity. The overall objective is to stimulate more women to use advanced technologies and telemedicine, combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. The article describes the recent history of the network, its genesis and creation, illustrated by a selection of telemedicine initiatives conducted by women in developing countries with the ambition to reach isolated communities.

Telehealth usability amongst elderly, a WeObservatory selected project

If you are interested in learning about technology acceptance in general, we highly recommend that you take a look at this project.

A key objective of a WeObservatory project “Telehealth and Elderly” by Michael Dino, Assistant Research Director at Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City, Philippines, is to understand technology-acceptance among the elderly and help them gain independence within the healthcare system.
This project was firstly published online on the Care Challenge platform and gained visibility through the video made by Connected Nurses as means to support the project. Consequently “Telehealth and Elderly” was chosen by the WeObservatory and continues to evolve through this partnership. Not only does Michael Dino get the opportunity to present his project at many international conferences – one of the latest was during the Digital Health Care Week in Singapore in October 2013 – but he is also planning to expand his research to specific populations, starting an “Elderly Women and TeleHealth” research project, in liaison with the WeObservatory’s special focus: improving the use of telemedicine services for women.

For more details, check out the research abstract here.
Take a look at Michael Dino’s initial project as posted on Care Challenge and portraid in the video: