A technology selection framework for supporting delivery of patient-oriented health interventions in developing countries

Connie V. Chan, David R. Kaufman

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Abstract

Health information technologies (HIT) have great potential to advance health care globally. In particular, HIT can provide innovative approaches and methodologies to overcome the range of access and resource barriers specific to developing countries. However, there is a paucity of models and empirical evidence informing the technology selection process in these settings. We propose a framework for selecting patient-oriented technologies in developing countries. The selection guidance process is structured by a set of filters that impose particular constraints and serve to narrow the space of possible decisions. The framework consists of three levels of factors: (1) situational factors, (2) the technology and its relationship with health interventions and with target patients, and (3) empirical evidence. We demonstrate the utility of the framework in the context of mobile phones for behavioral health interventions to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This framework can be applied to health interventions across health domains to explore how and whether available technologies can support delivery of the associated types of interventions and with the target populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomedical Informatics
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cellular phone
  • Developing countries
  • Health behavior
  • Medical informatics
  • Patient care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics

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