Consumer-centred ehealth: challenges and opportunities for China

Su, Ying and Soar, Jeffrey and Talburt, John and Jadad, Alejandro R. (2012) Consumer-centred ehealth: challenges and opportunities for China. Advanced Science Letters, 7. pp. 257-260. ISSN 1936-6612


Information and communications technology (ICT) has great potential for helping China achieve a greater level
of 'consumer-centered' health services. The objectives of the research were to: (i) explore the availability of
ICT infrastructure for health in China; and (ii) develop an approach for Consumer-centered eHealth (CeH) Technology
adoption to solve those problems. The approach to evaluating the ICT infrastructure in China involved
examining variables of school enrolment, per capita income and governance variables on the number of PCs, fixed telephones, mobile phone subscribers and Internet users. These were evaluated using a double-log regression model and cross-sectional data on various provinces in China. The analysis was based on 31 of the 34 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities that comprise Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. There were a number of main findings: (i) medical literacy and the number of Internet users had a statistically significant positive relationship with the number of PCs in each province; (ii) the combined school enrolment rate and per capita income had a statistically significant direct relationship with the number of fixed telephones and mobile phone subscribers; (iii) the combined school enrolment ratio and the number of fixed telephones had a statistically significant positive relationship with Internet usage; (iv) there were major inequalities in ICT connectivity between upper-middle, lower-middle and low income provinces in China; and (v) the information quality had statistically significant positive effect on all determinants. In order to improve access to health care, especially for remote rural areas and for the elderly in China, there is need to boost the availability and utilization of eHealth services. Each province will need to develop a road map in a strategic CeH plan that will, over time, enable its citizens to realize that vision.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2013 11:02
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumer-centered ehealth; information quality; rural area; population
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1166/asl.2012.2073

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