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Barriers to Telemedicine: Perspectives of the Administrators

Ahmad Azizi, Zahra Sharifat
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Abstract

Introduction: Telemedicine can help to provide better medical services to remote areas, provide integration of patient records and reduce the cost of health care services. Significant factors involved in the implementation of this technology that are important.  This study addressed the barriers to telemedicine from perspectives of the Administrators.

Material and Methods: This study was a cross-sectional descriptive study that conducted in 1393. Because of the population was limited so sampling was not necessary. Data collection tool was check list and data were collected through interviews with the population under study. Finally, data were analyzed using SPSS software.

Results: The findings showed that organizational barriers had highest score (31.68%) from between exist barriers to implementation of telemedicine. Then the human barriers in terms of respondents were the most important barriers. Technical barriers also were identified as the primary barriers.

Conclusion: Considering organizational factors and the development of strategic plans and planning to implement the telemedicine can bring more successfully in the implementation. The development of telecommunications infrastructure and raising awareness about the benefits of telemedicine, also may contribute to the development of this technology in hospitals.

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