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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105-108

Assistants' awareness of teleconsultation in Isfahan AL-Zahra hospital


1 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Health Information Technology, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

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Asghar Ehteshami
Department of Health Information Technology, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.128125

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Introduction: The use of health information transmitted by communication tool to provide health, medical care or patient education aimed at improving the patient's condition is named "teleconsultation". Simply put teleconsultations uses communication and information technology to facilitate access to medical specialists and aims to increase the quality and reduce the cost of health care through exchange of medical informations. The aim of this project is to investigate the knowledge of residents about teleconsultation. Materials and Methods: This was an applied and descriptive study in which the residents of Isfahan's Alzahra hospital were taken as the population study. The cluster random sampling was carried out using Morgan table to determine 146 persons. The data collection tool was made by the researchers and its validity and reliability were proofed using content validity and Cronbach's alpha (r = 80.1), respectively. Data were analyzed by using SPSS. Result: Residents' knowledge about the existent technologies of teleconsulting was 62.5 percent and about the benefits of this technology was 60.5 percent, and the limitations was 67.5 percent. The mean of resident's knowledge was 62.7. Conclusion: Most of the resident's knowledge was in regard to teleconsultations restrictions and the lowest knowledge in relation to the existent teleconsultation technologies. Residents were fairly good estimate of the total amount. Residents still need training to learn more about this technology and also to create the appropriate infrastructure, such as increased bandwidth of the internet and promote the culture of users can be appropriated.


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