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A systematic review of telemedicine systems use barriers: primary health care providers' perspective

Reihaneh Alsadat Tabaeeian (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Behzad Hajrahimi (Department of Management, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Atefeh Khoshfetrat (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 22 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this review paper was identifying barriers to the use of telemedicine systems in primary health-care individual level among professionals.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used Scopus and PubMed databases for scientific records identification. A systematic review of the literature structured by PRISMA guidelines was conducted on 37 included papers published between 2009 and 2019. A qualitative approach was used to synthesize insights into using telemedicine by primary care professionals.

Findings

Three barriers were identified and classified: system quality, data quality and service quality barriers. System complexity in terms of usability, system unreliability, security and privacy concerns, lack of integration and inflexibility of systems-in-use are related to system quality. Data quality barriers are data inaccuracy, data timeliness issues, data conciseness concerns and lack of data uniqueness. Finally, service reliability concerns, lack of technical support and lack of user training have been categorized as service quality barriers.

Originality/value

This review identified and mapped emerging themes of barriers to the use of telemedicine systems. This paper also through a new conceptualization of telemedicine use from perspectives of the primary care professionals contributes to informatics literature and system usage practices.

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Citation

Tabaeeian, R.A., Hajrahimi, B. and Khoshfetrat, A. (2022), "A systematic review of telemedicine systems use barriers: primary health care providers' perspective", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-07-2021-0106

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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