A survey of physicians' acceptance of telemedicine

Olivia R. Liu Sheng, Paul Jen Hwa Hu, Patrick Y.K. Chau, N. M. Hjelm, Kar Van Tam, Chih Ping Wei, John Tse

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Physicians' acceptance of telemedicine is an important managerial issue facing health-care organizations that have adopted, or are about to adopt, telemedicine. Most previous investigations of the acceptance of telemedicine have lacked theoretical foundation and been of limited scope. We examined technology acceptance and usage among physicians and specialists from 49 clinical departments at eight public tertiary hospitals in Hong Kong. Out of the 1021 questionnaires distributed, 310 were completed and returned, a 30% response rate. The preliminary findings suggested that use of telemedicine among clinicians in Hong Kong was moderate. While 18% of the respondents were using some form of telemedicine for patient care and management, it accounted for only 6.3% of the services provided. The intensity of their technology usage was also low, accounting for only 6.8% of a typical telemedicine-assisted service. These preliminary findings have managerial implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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