Telemedicine intervention study presented at the ISG 2020 conference

Dr. Katja Prevodnik, a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences (UL), presented the results of an intervention study on the use of telemedicine equipment among patients with chronic disease at the ISG 2020 conference, which took place in early October in virtual form. The research group (dr. Andraž Petrovčič, dr. Vesna Dolničar, dr. Simona Hvalič-Touzery, dr. Katja Prevodnik) was invited by prof. dr. Walter Boot, who organized a symposium about International perspectives on technology use: Adoption, proficiency, and relationships with health and well-being.

The intervention was carried out in the project “Understanding and analysis of users’ needs for the development of e-services for integrated social and health care in the aging society” with the support of Telekom Slovenije and University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

The paper “The importance of user experience for psychosocial impacts of telemonitoring system utilization” presents a conceptual model aimed to explain the role of user experience factors in utilization of telemedicine system (TMS). The results of structural equation modelling showed that the frequency and intensity of use of a 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. Usability was confirmed to be the key factor, since it (1) increases TMS acceptance, (2) leads to positive assessments of the effects of TMS on the quality of life, and (3) directly affects patients’ intention for TMS use in the future.

Recently, an adapted version of the TMS implemented in this project has been successfully employed to monitor Covid-19 patients, patients with heart failure, and pregnant women with gestational diabetes. The project and the intervention study significantly have contributed to the pioneering development of best practices in implementation of telemedical treatment in Slovenia during the first and second 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).

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