Transformation

ePoster Presentation

(EP-155) Perception of Emerging Healthcare Providers on the Role of Telemedicine in Healthcare Transformation in Nigeria

Monday, April 24
10:01 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Experience Zone - ePosters

Objectives
To evaluate the perception of telemedicine as a transformational tool within the Nigerian healthcare system by newly emerging medical doctors, and to assess their level of willingness to participate in and adopt telemedicine into their practices.

Methods
In August 2016 to September 2016, survey questionnaires were distributed to the entire 84 members of the 23rd graduating set of doctors from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Southwest, Nigeria. They were asked about their perception of telemedicine which comprises of their knowledge of the topic and their willingness to adopt it into their practices. Data was analyzed using spss version 20. Chi square test of association was used with p value < 0.05 as significant at 95% confidence interval.

Results
The mean age of respondent in this study was 28.20±2.51 years. Male respondents were 62(73.8%) and females were 22(26.2%). The study shows that 94% were aware of telemedicine, 81% knew exactly what it is and 45% became aware through media.
Majority of respondents (91.7%) believed telemedicine can be used to share and discuss medical cases. The study shows 91.7% believed telemedicine helps to alleviate healthcare challenges, 44% believed telemedicine contributes to increasing the physician's income. Lack of adequate bandwidth was believed by 89.3% to be a challenge.
This research shows 67.9% were willing to incorporate telemedicine into their practice, 88.1% were willing to take further courses on telemedicine while 86.9% were willing to participate in a local telemedicine group.
Gender, willingness to take courses on telemedicine, and willingness to participate in a local telemedicine group were significantly associated with perception that telemedicine can help to alleviate Nigeria's healthcare challenges.



Conclusion
Despite the enormity of the challenges facing the Nigeria health sector, there is largely, among these respondents, a positive perception of telemedicine as being able to provide solutions to these challenges. This is not to say that the adoption of telemedicine itself does not pose new challenges, this study shows that many respondents believe that lack of adequate bandwidth, expensive telemedicine equipments, lack of technical support for these equipments when they develop faults, unmotivated healthcare providers are some of the challenges that will have to be overcome as Nigeria pushes to evolve a healthcare system that future generations will be proud of, and provide the right leadership for other African nations.

Olukayode OLAMIDE. Oyedepo

Medical intern
OOUTH

Olukayode Oyedepo is a fresh graduate of Medicine and Surgery from Olabisi Onabanjo University, southwest, nigeria. He is a 3-time student ambassador of the American Telemedicine association. He is also a founding member of the American Academy of medical Entrepreneurs. Heis presently a medical intern at Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University.

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Akintunde Akinpelu

Mr
OOUTH

Akintunde Akinpelu holds a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and also a recent graduate of Medicine from Olabisi Onabanjo University, SouthWest Nigeria. His abstract won an award at the last ATA conference in Minneapolis.

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