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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2005;11(1):27-33.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2005.11.1.27    Published online March 31, 2005.
Needs Assesment of Potential Users for Tele-health Surveillance System
So Mi Park, Sung Oh Hwang, Young Ro Yoon
1Department of Nursing and Emergency Medicine, Wonju College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Health Science, Yonsei University, Korea.

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to assess the potential users' needs for a tele-health surveillance system and to develop a program that reflects the clients' needs.

METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted using interviews with a questionnaire during home visitations. Four hundred subjects from residences two affluent areas of Korea were selected by convenience sampling.

RESULTS: Through the tele-health surveillance system, they wanted to manage diseases such as heart disease(23.0%), cancers(20.5%) and endocrine diseases(17.5%). The highest score for areas of the tele-health surveillance system was cancer screening. The most highly preferred reporting system was immediate reporting of the screening results by a personal digital assistant with a tailored health management system that reflects their own bio-signals.

CONCLUSION: Potential users want to manage their health in disease prevention and health promotion as well as treating diseases. These aspects should be considered in the development and utilization of a tele-health surveillance system.

Key Words: Telemedicine, Needs Assessment


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