Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH <p>The Journal of the International&nbsp; Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (<strong>JISfTeH</strong>) is an official journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth whose stated mission is to "Facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in <strong>Telemedicine</strong> and <strong>eHealth</strong> and provide access to recognised experts in the field worldwide." <strong>JISfTeH</strong> is a peer reviewed, open access, online journal that seeks to publish information on all aspects of eHealth activity and research from around the World. Its primary focus is on original research, critical reviews, preliminary communications and case reports. Scientific letters and letters to the editor are also welcomed. <strong>JISfTeH</strong> encourages&nbsp; submission of&nbsp; preliminary communications and short reports from developing countries. Papers are published online immediately on acceptance of the final galley proofs to ensure rapid access to new work.</p> <p><strong>Editors-in-Chief:</strong> Prof. Maurice Mars, and Prof. Richard E. Scott</p> <p><strong>Online ISSN:</strong>&nbsp;2308-0310</p> The University of KwaZulu-Natal for the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth en-US Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth 2308-0310 <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p><p><br />Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" target="_new">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p> Here We Go Again - 'Digital Health' https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/976 Richard Scott Maurice Mars ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2019-01-22 2019-01-22 7 e1 (1 2) 10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e1 Adopting Digital Technology in Midwifery Practice – Experiences and Perspectives From Six Projects in Eight Countries (2014 – 2016) https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/678 <p>This paper describes the cases of six midwifery projects of the Women Observatory for eHealth at the Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation, to support the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in midwifery practice in eight countries from 2014 to 2016. The WeObservatory is a digital inclusion incubator aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in countries with limited resources by strengthening midwifery practice through the access to ICTs and eHealth applications. This paper describes how the collaboration with the WeObservatory supported these projects in the development and adoption of digital solutions for midwifery practice. It examines responses from the project leaders to an online survey conducted by the WeObservatory in January of 2018. Their responses provide insights on opportunities and challenges faced by these projects that can inform future midwifery eHealth projects. Building capacity among midwives for the adoption of digital competencies will help improve the quality of healthcare provided to mothers and their newborn babies in low-income countries.</p> Lilia Judith Perez-Chavolla Véronique Inès Thouvenot Doina Schimpf Amélie Moritz ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2019-01-05 2019-01-05 7 e2 (1 8) 10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e2 Profile and Motivation of Women Enrolled in the Brazilian Telemedicine and Telehealth Postgraduation Distance Education Programme https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/689 <p><strong>Purpose:&nbsp; </strong>Women’s participation in Telehealth is increasing around the world and they should be prepared to work in this new job market. The aim of this study was to evaluate the profile and motivation of women enrolled in the Brazilian Postgraduate Programme on Telemedicine and Telehealth.<strong> Methods: </strong>A cross-sectional study was conducted from May to July 2018 of all women enrolled in the postgraduate programme using an anonymous online Google form. It consisted of a multiple choice form regarding: age, number of children, profession, date of graduation, current occupation, current number of jobs, workload, postgraduate programmes completed,&nbsp; duration of Telehealth experience&nbsp; and motivation to enrol on the Programme.&nbsp; Data collected were exported to an Excel® sheet, summarised and analysed. <strong>Results: </strong>Of 44 women, 36 completed the survey. Mean age and time passed since graduation were respectively 43.5±13.5 years and 18±17 years for student and 53±13.5 years and 31.5±8.5 for professors; 25 women have at least one child, work more than 30 hours weekly and 10 of them work in two jobs.&nbsp; Health professionals and health occupations were predominant in both groups. Most students had little or no experience in Telehealth.&nbsp; The decreasing order of frequency motivation was professional refinement (63.8%), job opportunity (55.5%), financial gain (52.7%) and innovation (38.8%).<strong> Conclusion: </strong>Regardless of age, children, workload and professional qualification, the major women's motivation for enrolling in the Telehealth Postgraduate Programme is to professional refinement in this field.</p> Alexandra Monteiro Barbara Monteiro Grisolia Juliana Cardoso Munique Santos ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2019-01-05 2019-01-05 7 e3 (1 4) 10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e3 The Contribution of Online Social Networks for Drug Abuse Treatment Referral: a Pilot Study https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/735 <p><strong>Background:</strong> The consumption of psychoactive drugs is growing in Brazil, as well as the access of social networks. This study is a preliminary short report about the contribution of online social networks for drug abuse treatment. The study aimed to evaluate the role of an online social network to engage psychoactive drug users in treatment. <strong>Methods: </strong>A descriptive study was undertaken from July to September 2015. The study population were psychoactive drugs users who accessed voluntarily the webpage “Stay Free of Drugs” (SFD) from the social network Facebook. <strong>Results</strong><em>:</em> A total of 25 psychoactive drug users were enrolled in the study, and 16 (64%) accessed a healthcare centre seeking treatment. The average from the users’ online contact to their visit to the healthcare centre was 8.4 days. Half of the participants were exclusive alcohol users and accessed the webpage at night (65%). <strong>Conclusions: </strong>The use of a social network showed a potential importance in referring drug users to treatment, also acting as health education strategy.</p> Diogo Barbosa Luciana Tricai Cavalini Nádia Cristina Pinheiro Rodrigues ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2019-01-25 2019-01-25 7 e4 (1 3) 10.29086/JISfTeH.7.e4