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Study Data from University of Minnesota Update Understanding of Telemedicine (Task-Technology Fit of Video Telehealth for Nurses in an Outpatient...

August 8, 2014

Study Data from University of Minnesota Update Understanding of Telemedicine (Task-Technology Fit of Video Telehealth for Nurses in an Outpatient Clinic Setting)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medicine. According to news reporting from Minneapolis, Minnesota, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Incorporating telehealth into outpatient care delivery supports management of consumer health between clinic visits. Task-technology fit is a framework for understanding how technology helps and/or hinders a person during work processes."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Minnesota, "Evaluating the task-technology fit of video telehealth for personnel working in a pediatric outpatient clinic and providing care between clinic visits ensures the information provided matches the information needed to support work processes. The workflow of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) care coordination provided via telephone and video telehealth was described and measured using a mixed-methods workflow analysis protocol that incorporated cognitive ethnography and time-motion study. Qualitative and quantitative results were merged and analyzed within the task-technology fit framework to determine the workflow fit of video telehealth for APRN care coordination. Incorporating video telehealth into APRN care coordination workflow provided visual information unavailable during telephone interactions. Despite additional tasks and interactions needed to obtain the visual information, APRN workflow efficiency, as measured by time, was not significantly changed. Analyzed within the task-technology fit framework, the increased visual information afforded by video telehealth supported the assessment and diagnostic information needs of the APRN. Telehealth must provide the right information to the right clinician at the right time."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Evaluating task-technology fit using a mixed-methods protocol ensured rigorous analysis of fit within work processes and identified workflows that benefit most from the technology."

For more information on this research see: Task-Technology Fit of Video Telehealth for Nurses in an Outpatient Clinic Setting. Telemedicine and e-Health, 2014;20(7):633-639. Telemedicine and e-Health can be contacted at: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, 140 Huguenot Street, 3RD Fl, New Rochelle, NY 10801, USA. (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. -; Telemedicine and e-Health -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R.G. Cady, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Minnesota, Technology, Minneapolis, United States, Health and Medicine, North and Central America

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