Issues in Telemedicine Service: Acceptance and Willingness

Issues in Telemedicine Service: Acceptance and Willingness

Noorliza Karia (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9978-6.ch074
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Background

There is no definite universal definition of telemedicine. Telemedicine is a term used to describe the health service system, often interchangeable with terms such as telecare, tele monitoring, telehealth, e-health or Health Information Technology (HIT) related issues (Lankton, 2007; Liu, 2009; Peeters et al., 2012; Huang, 2013). Hein (2009) states that the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) defines telemedicine as the use of medical information exchange from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status. Telemedicine is a tool or solution to improve and/or sustain healthcare delivery and/or patient health performance by using IT. Dyk (2014) demonstrates the relationship between e-health, telehealth, telemedicine, telecare and m-health. In general e-health covers telehealth that relates to a broader set of activities including patient and provider solution whereby telemedicine is a subset of telehealth that has a narrow focus on curative, preventive and promotive aspects. Telecare refers to continuous, automatic and remote monitoring of real time emergencies or a preventive health application. Further, m-health may be regarded as e-health applications that use mobile technologies.

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