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> en-US <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> mars@jisfteh.org (Maurice Mars) mars@jisfteh.org (Maurice Mars) Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 South Africa Standard Time OJS 3.1.1.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 'Ownership' of mobile phones https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3145 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Richard E Scott, Maurice Mars ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3145 Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 South Africa Standard Time A dental pre-screening system: usability and user perception https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3002 <p><strong>Background: </strong>Accessing dental treatment is still a challenge in several countries. In Brazil, there is a deficit in the provision of dental services by the public health system, with an emphasis on specialised treatments. The poorest are most affected and usually have to travel long distances for treatment in other regions, with the associated costs of travel, food, and often the loss of a day's work. Aiming to improve care for this public, the Dental Pre-Screening System (in Portuguese, Sistema de Pré-Triagem Odontológica - STO) was developed, which is responsive (mobile) and aims at remotely pre-screening these patients by an oral health professional.<strong> Objective: </strong>This pilot study was developed to analyse the system's usability by developers and patients and the subjects' perceptions during the use of the STO through semi-structured interviews. <strong>Methods:</strong> A convenience sample (35 patients and 10 developers) with a mixed methodology was used to evaluate usability (System Usability Scale) and to measure the user's perception (semi-structured interview) of the components of the Dental Pre-Screening System.<strong> Results: </strong>The system's overall System Usability Scale (SUS) score was 76.9. Among the patients, Twenty-four patients found the system easy to use, 83% agreed or completely agreed that they would like to use this system frequently" and 83% agreed or strongly agreed that people would learn to use it quickly. Qualitative data suggest that all of the patients would recommend using the system, and the patients' perception of the system was positive and optimistic. However, it is also possible to identify points to be improved, such as changing the calendar format. <strong>Conclusions:</strong> The results of the SUS and semi-structured interview showed that the Dental Pre-Screening System was well accepted and that it can optimise the face-to-face screening process, reducing unnecessary trips and saving money.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="acfifjfajpekbmhmjppnmmjgmhjkildl" class="acfifjfajpekbmhmjppnmmjgmhjkildl">&nbsp;</div> Tamires Santos de Melo, Giselle Albuquerque Pacheco, Maria Isabel de C. de Souza, Karla Figueiredo ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3002 Mon, 13 Feb 2023 18:28:06 South Africa Standard Time Challenges in implementing digital health services in rural India https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/2612 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> The COVID-19 pandemic, with mandatory social distancing and lockdown, has shown the success of telemedicine in reducing geographical and time obstacles. This has stimulated its ingress into mainstream healthcare services as the safest means of interaction between doctor and patient during the pandemic. There are several barriers that need to be addressed in order to spread these digital services. <strong>Aim: </strong>This study explores the challenges to adopting telemedicine and its status in remote districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. <strong>Methods</strong>: A mixed-method approach was used to identify challenges found in remote healthcare facilities. A survey was conducted using a 20-item checklist to capture information regarding infrastructure, telemedicine equipment, manpower and demography of the area. During telephone interviews, questionnaires were used to evaluate the status of acceptance of telemedicine and challenges to its implementation in the remote State of Himachal Pradesh, India. <strong>Results:</strong> The study identifies the challenges as lack of awareness (75.9%), level of education of patient (44.8%) having primary education, age of the patient (17.2%), technically challenged staff (30%), followed by resistance to change (80%) and high workload with manpower shortage (60%). <strong>Conclusion:</strong> While there are other barriers, this study provides policymakers with insights into the current perceived challenges to telemedicine implementation, which they can address to increase the penetration of telehealth services, particularly in rural areas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Vikrant Kanwar, Shivani Chaudhary, Anuj Kumar Sharma ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/2612 Mon, 13 Feb 2023 18:32:14 South Africa Standard Time Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) International Scientific Conference 2023 https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3374 Maurice Mars ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/3374 Sun, 20 Aug 2023 00:00:00 South Africa Standard Time