Title: Leveraging E-learning to Optimize E-health Usage in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Year of Publication: Sep - 2014
Page Numbers: 276-280
Authors: Modiegi R. Phalane , Billy M. Kalema
Conference Name: The Third International Conference on Informatics Engineering and Information Science (ICIEIS2014)
- Poland

Abstract:


The objective of this study is to explicate the strategic utilization of E-learning to optimize E-health usage in low and middle income countries. Literature indicates that there is serious shortage of medical personnel and community healthcare workers worldwide. However, there is also scarcity of medical educators that could facilitate and provide quality training, mentorship and for the dissemination of medical information especially in low income countries. On the other hand, several E-health studies have indicated the significance of training, awareness campaigns and medical information accessibility in the use of E-health. This study therefore, suggests a framework that could be used to leverage E-learning for optimal E-health usage. By using a composite conceptual framework designed with the constructs from the theories of; the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) and the Technology, Organization and Environment (TOE) this study designed a framework that could be used to inform the use of E-learning for E-health optimization. Results of the study indicated that; awareness, effort expectance and training are key elements for E-health usage. E-learning has been applied in many perspectives but its use for E-heath usage has been limited, hence this study will act as a source for future research dealing with the optimization of E-health usage.