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A framework for evaluating telemedicine-based healthcare inequality reduction in Ethiopia : a grounded theory approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Lotriet, H.H.
dc.contributor.advisor Venter, Isabella
dc.contributor.author Mekonnen, Wagaw Temesgen
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-13T11:27:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-13T11:27:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/26333
dc.description Text in English en
dc.description.abstract Telehealth makes healthcare services accessible by underserved and resource-constrained rural communities of developing countries such as Ethiopia. However, the limitation of frameworks on telemedicine-based healthcare inequality reduction is a challenge for developing countries. In Ethiopia there are four telemedicine projects; however, there is no evidence that any of these projects have been evaluated by considering contextual issues. This academic research explored telehealth practices in Ethiopia with the aim of developing a comprehensive telehealth evaluation framework for developing countries. Such a conceptual framework could be used to inform health institutes and governmental policy makers and in so doing create a vehicle for the implementation of improved health practices in Ethiopia. A grounded theory approach is used to qualitatively explore the usefulness of telemedicine practices in Ethiopia, in mitigating healthcare inequality. Grounded theory makes use of emerging insights in order to contribute to new knowledge. From the inductive analysis of the study, themes such as barrier removal, service quality, synergetic effect, localization, technical setup, resource utilization and managerial readiness emerged to formulate a framework for evaluating telemedicine-based healthcare inequality reduction in the context of developing countries like Ethiopia. This study contributes to the understanding of the question of how telemedicine practices can be evaluated, to support the healthcare service and reduce the healthcare inequalities in resource constrained communities in Ethiopia. Moreover, the framework could be used during evaluation of telemedicine-based healthcare inequality reduction in the context of developing countries like Ethiopia. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 156 leaves) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Telemedicine en
dc.subject Telemedicine evaluation en
dc.subject Telemedicine framework en
dc.subject Telehealth en
dc.subject Healthcare inequality reduction en
dc.subject ICT in health en
dc.subject Grounded Theory en
dc.subject Telemedicine in Ethiopia en
dc.subject Telehealth evaluation model en
dc.subject Telemedicine in developing countries en
dc.subject Telemedicine and healthcare inequality reduction en
dc.subject Inductive analysis en
dc.subject.ddc 610.285
dc.subject.lcsh Telecommunication in medicine
dc.subject.lcsh Medical informatics
dc.subject.lcsh Medicine -- Data processing
dc.subject.lcsh Medical telematics
dc.title A framework for evaluating telemedicine-based healthcare inequality reduction in Ethiopia : a grounded theory approach en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department School of Computing en
dc.description.degree Ph.D. (Information Systems)


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