HumanInsight The role of digital mobile technology in elderly health management among health care workers in Indonesia: Analysis of knowledge, attitudes, and practice
Digit Health. 2022 May 23;8:20552076221102771. doi: 10.1177/20552076221102771. eCollection 2022 Jan-Dec.
BACKGROUND: Technology, including information and communication technology (ICT), plays a significant role in the quality of health services. However, its application in elderly health services is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge of, attitudes toward, and practices of cell phone and mobile application use for elderly health care among Indonesian health care workers.
METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted with health care workers in Jakarta, Indonesia. The potential subjects were contacted through instant messenger application and/or through conventional short message service or telephone calls from August through November 2020.
RESULTS: There were 134 subjects. All the subjects had used various health applications to assist with their daily work, including telemedicine (64.2%), guidelines (60.4%), and medical calculators (46.3%). However, 96.3% of the subjects were not aware of the existence of a health application for geriatric assessment. Furthermore, 98.5% of subjects thought that it is important to use ICT to manage geriatric patients, and 94.8% felt that comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in digital form would help them manage geriatric patients better. Nevertheless, 35.10% of subjects had never applied CGA to their geriatric patients.
CONCLUSIONS: The current health care system has begun to enter a period of using ICT in performing health services for geriatric patients. Nevertheless, only a few Indonesian health care workers were aware of or were using the geriatric mobile application. It is essential to improve the dissemination of geriatric health care and e-health literacy among them to improve the quality of elderly health care.
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