Use of Technology in Cardiopulmonary Patients

R Disler, S Inglis, P Newton, D Currow, P Macdonald, A Glanville, D Donesky, V Carrieri-Kohlman, P Davidson

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Background and Aim: Increased burden of non-communicable diseases, such as chronic respiratory disease and heart disease, places increased pressure on international health systems. Delivery of self-management education is primarily provided through episodic, face-to-face programs, with limited access. Access to online health information and support is well established in the United States, and will be an increasingly important component of future Australian healthcare delivery. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence and patterns of technology use in patients attending a cardiopulmonary clinic in a major metropolitan hospital.
Methods: A self-report survey was used to collect data on: patient demographics, including age, gender, postcode; and on access and use of computer, internet, smart phones and online health support sites and programs. Results: 123 surveys were collected between March and April 2014.Respondents reported regular computer, smart phones and internet use, including accessing and browsing health sites and information. Most commonly participants accessed disease specific health sites, non-government organizations and research sites. Healthcare delivery through online platforms was viewed as providing convenient, timely and accessible information, currently difficult to obtain through traditional face to face sources. The benefit of peer support and sharing of experiences through online interfaces was also noted.
Conclusions: Telecommunication is already a pervasive component of everyday life with rapid advances in technology providing instant access to health information. Delivery of healthcare and information through telecommunication interfaces will be an increasingly important adjunct to traditional forms of healthcare delivery and may accommodate the changing needs and preferences of an empowered generation of health consumers. We are at a turning point within the evolution of healthcare delivery and have an opportunity to shape future care delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13
Number of pages1
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


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