Using digital stethoscopes in remote patient assessment via wireless networks: the user’s perspective

Gururajan, Raj and Tsai, Heng-Sheng and Chen, Haoyu (2011) Using digital stethoscopes in remote patient assessment via wireless networks: the user’s perspective. International Journal of Advanced Networking and Applications, 3 (3). pp. 1140-1146.

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Abstract

Digital stethoscopes assume an important role in telehealth and mobile (m-) health for capturing sounds over a communication infrastructure. However, few studies have explored the users’ experiences and views on using the current models of digital stethoscopes on a telehealth network. The authors were provided with an Australian Research Council grant to explore the possibilities of developing a suitable digital stethoscope that would function at acceptable levels with Queensland State-wide Telehealth Services. A major Indian university is collaborating in this research. As an initial step, users’ views and feedback were sought for using a digital stethoscope on a telehealth platform and these were reported in this paper in a consolidated manner. The issues identified in the multiple-case study cover the aspects of sound quality, signal transmission, hardware/software design, functionality, and cost considerations. The finding of this study can assist researchers and practitioners in making informed decisions for procuring digital stethoscopes, as well as providing useful information to the manufacturers in designing future digital stethoscopes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper deposited in accordance with the policy of the publisher (http://www.ijana.in/Submissions.html). Authors will be entitled to publish any part of their paper elsewhere, provided the usual acknowledgements are given.
Depositing User: Dr Heng-Sheng Tsai
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 10:19
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital stethoscope, electronic stethoscope, m-health, telehealth, remote patient assessment
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20231

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