Enabling Electronic Medicine at Kiwicare: The Case of Video Conferencing Adoption for Psychiatry in New Zealand

Enabling Electronic Medicine at Kiwicare: The Case of Video Conferencing Adoption for Psychiatry in New Zealand

Nabeel Al Qirim (Consultant, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93070-816-7.ch010
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Abstract

Telemedicine emerges as a viable solution to New Zealand health providers in reaching out to rural patients, in offering medical services and conducting administrative meetings and training. No research exists about adoption of telemedicine in New Zealand. The purpose of this case study was to explain factors influencing adoption of telemedicine utilizing video conferencing technology (TMVC) within a New Zealand hospital known as KiwiCare. Since TMVC is part of IT, tackling it from within technological innovation literature may assist in providing an insight into its adoption within KiwiCare and into the literature. Findings indicate weak presence of critical assessment into technological innovation factors prior to the adoption decision, thereby leading to its weak utilization. Factors like complexity, compatibility and trialability were not assessed extensively by KiwiCare and would have hindered TMVC adoption. TMVC was mainly assessed according to its relative advantage and to its cost effectiveness along with other facilitating and accelerating factors. This is essential but should be alongside technological and other influencing factors highlighted in the literature.

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