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Article: The Use of eHealth Applications in Hong Kong: Results of a Random-Digit Dialing Survey

TitleThe Use of eHealth Applications in Hong Kong: Results of a Random-Digit Dialing Survey
Authors
KeywordseHealth
Internet
Smartphone
Health information
Cell phone
Issue Date2019
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0148-5598
Citation
Journal of Medical Systems, 2019, v. 43, p. article no. 293 How to Cite?
AbstracteHealth has become popular worldwide, and it is transforming health care. However, studies examining the use of eHealth applications in the Chinese population are scarce. The study reports on the characteristics of eHealth applications in Hong Kong information and communication technology (ICT) users, their attitudes towards eHealth, and their reasons for not using eHealth applications. A cross-sectional random-digit dialing survey targeting adults using ICT was conducted in Hong Kong to elicit information on respondents’ use of and attitudes towards eHealth. A total of 495 ICT users completed the survey, of whom 353 (71.3%) were eHealth users. A smartphone was the most frequent way of performing eHealth activities (71.7%). The most prevalent eHealth activity was reading about health/illness (86.4%), with 93.5% indicating that eHealth applications improved their understanding of health care issues. People with less education were less likely to use eHealth applications. Non-eHealth users indicated that the main reasons for not using eHealth applications were lack of interest in health information (49.3%) and lack of confidence in the reliability of online information (45.1%). Quality monitoring of health information available on ICTs and tailoring the design and readability are recommended to meet the needs of those seeking health resources and to promote eHealth. Evidence from the study demonstrates the potential of eHealth to improve the dissemination of health information in Hong Kong, and it provides a basis for improving eHealth integration.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/277447
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.098
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.717

 

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dc.contributor.authorCheung, ST-
dc.contributor.authorOr, KL-
dc.contributor.authorSo, KP-
dc.contributor.authorHo, K-
dc.contributor.authorTiwari, AFY-
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-20T08:51:15Z-
dc.date.available2019-09-20T08:51:15Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Medical Systems, 2019, v. 43, p. article no. 293-
dc.identifier.issn0148-5598-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/277447-
dc.description.abstracteHealth has become popular worldwide, and it is transforming health care. However, studies examining the use of eHealth applications in the Chinese population are scarce. The study reports on the characteristics of eHealth applications in Hong Kong information and communication technology (ICT) users, their attitudes towards eHealth, and their reasons for not using eHealth applications. A cross-sectional random-digit dialing survey targeting adults using ICT was conducted in Hong Kong to elicit information on respondents’ use of and attitudes towards eHealth. A total of 495 ICT users completed the survey, of whom 353 (71.3%) were eHealth users. A smartphone was the most frequent way of performing eHealth activities (71.7%). The most prevalent eHealth activity was reading about health/illness (86.4%), with 93.5% indicating that eHealth applications improved their understanding of health care issues. People with less education were less likely to use eHealth applications. Non-eHealth users indicated that the main reasons for not using eHealth applications were lack of interest in health information (49.3%) and lack of confidence in the reliability of online information (45.1%). Quality monitoring of health information available on ICTs and tailoring the design and readability are recommended to meet the needs of those seeking health resources and to promote eHealth. Evidence from the study demonstrates the potential of eHealth to improve the dissemination of health information in Hong Kong, and it provides a basis for improving eHealth integration.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0148-5598-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Medical Systems-
dc.rightsThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in [insert journal title]. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]-
dc.subjecteHealth-
dc.subjectInternet-
dc.subjectSmartphone-
dc.subjectHealth information-
dc.subjectCell phone-
dc.titleThe Use of eHealth Applications in Hong Kong: Results of a Random-Digit Dialing Survey-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCheung, ST: denisest@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailOr, KL: klor@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.authorityOr, KL=rp01369-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10916-019-1422-2-
dc.identifier.pmid31338682-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85069433487-
dc.identifier.hkuros305479-
dc.identifier.volume43-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 293-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 293-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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