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Findings from the Survey Responses by Cambodian Doctors and Patients for Telemedicine

캄보디아 환자와 의사의 원격 의료에 대한 반응 조사

  • Yoo, Sun-gil (Department of Medical Science, Soonchunhyang University Graduate school) ;
  • Oh, Dongik (Department of Medical IT Engineering, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Min, Sedong (Department of Medical IT Engineering, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Shin, Wonhan (Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital)
  • Received : 2015.04.30
  • Accepted : 2015.06.30
  • Published : 2015.08.31

Abstract

In order to reduce public medical expenses as well as to provide effective medical services, telemedicine between doctors and patients is considered as an alternative to the conventional hospital visit. But the medical community has been protesting the introduction of telemedicine for the efficacy and safety reasons. Korean government has been conducting a number of pilot projects to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of telemedicine for more than 10 years. However, still the system is not yet legalized. In this study, we have conducted a telemedicine pilot project in Cambodia for one year, where telemedicine can be more freely exercised. After the project, we conducted a survey based on the 'Rogers diffusion' theory. Survey results show that both physicians and patients are positive about the relative advantage of the telemedicine. However, the complexity and high cost of the equipment used in telemedicine has been found to be a possible obstacle. In addition, we found that there is no problem for providing telemedicine services under challenged environment, such as in Cambodia.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 순천향대학교

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