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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 11
First page : ( 1489) Last page : ( 1498)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2018.01660.1

Developing a telehealth readiness assessment framework and tool for least developed countries: A case of Yemen

Al-Fadhli Abdulrahman A1, Othman Marini1, Al-Rejal Hussein M Abu2, Al-Jamrh Bassam A3

1College of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, 43650, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

2Knowledge Science Research Lab, School of Technology Management&Logistic, University Utara Malaysia, 06010, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

3Faculty of Economic and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Online published on 7 December, 2018.

Abstract

Healthcare in Least Developed Countries is poor. Telehealth has the potential to improve healthcare. Assessing the readiness is important for a successful adoption of Telehealth. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to develop a framework to assess the readiness of health organizations in least developed countries in regard to the adoption of Telehealth. Due to the difficulty to study all countries Yemen has been chosen as a case study in this study. Therefore, Yemen Telehealth Readiness Assessment Framework (YTRAF) has been developed to assess the readiness. Meanwhile, Yemen Telehealth Readiness Assessment Tool (YTRAT) has been developed for collecting data. YTRAF and YTRAT have been used to assess the readiness of the Ministry of Public Health in regard to adoption of Telehealth in Yemeni health system. A qualitative approach including interview, focus group and observation have been used. The outcomes of the interviews revealed that the Ministry of Public Health is in need for considerable efforts to raise the level of its readiness in several areas to be ready for successful adoption of Telehealth. Furthermore, the interviewees have released the potential of Telehealth to improve the current healthcare in rural areas in Yemen and they have accepted to use Telehealth to do their duties.

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Keywords

Health Information Technology, Telehealth, Readiness, Least Developed Countries.

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