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Mobile Health and Telemedicine: Awareness, Adoption and Importance of Health Study

Mobile Health and Telemedicine: Awareness, Adoption and Importance of Health Study
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Author(s): Alice Etim (Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, USA), David N. Etim (University of Connecticut, Mansfield, USA) and Jasmine Scott (Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pages: 16
Source title: International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics (IJHISI)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Qiang (Shawn) Cheng (University of Kentucky, USA) and Joseph Tan (McMaster University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/IJHISI.2020010105

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Abstract

In 2016, the U.S. Government health expenditures reached $3.35 trillion and the cost per person stood at $10,345. Health is seen as impacting both one's quality of life and finances. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) (2008 - 2016) brought the issue of cost to the forefront for all people especially those in the health disparate communities. Advances in health informatics coupled with new approaches to healthcare delivery may hold promise for this large industry in the USA that critically needs to be cost effective in order to sustain itself. This paper reports a study that investigated importance of health, mobile health (m-Health) and telemedicine awareness along with its adoption in a health disparate community that has one of the Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the country. The findings were that, all participants owned a mobile (cell) phone with smart features. Although a large number them indicated that their health was very important to them, there was lack of awareness and adoption of m-Health and telemedicine.

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