The research group (dr. Andraž Petrovčič, dr. Vesna Dolničar, dr. Simona Hvalič-Touzery, and dr. Katja Prevodnik) working on the project Understanding and analysis of users’ needs for the development of e-services for integrated social and health care in the aging society attended the virtual annual conference of The Gerontological Society of America. They presented a poster with the results of an intervention study on the use of a telemedicine system among patients with chronic diseases in Slovenia. The results of the structural equation model showed that the frequency of use of the telemedicine system (TMS) influences the assessment of its usability, which influences the effects of the use of TMS on the quality of life and the intention to use it in the future.
The intervention outcomes have been recently applied in clinical practice by the project partners Telekom Slovenije and University Medical Centre Ljubljana which have integrated the tested telemedicine system in remote monitoring of patients with several other conditions, including patients with Covid-19, patients with heart failure and for assisting pregnant women with gestational diabetes. Thus, the implemented project and the intervention study significantly contributed to the applied innovations in development of integrated remote medical treatment methods, which gained importance especially in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The study was supported by the Slovenian Research Agency under Grants L5-9337 (Understanding and analysis of users' needs for the development of e-services for integrated social and health care in the aging society) and P5-0399 (Internet Research programme).