Critical Factors Determining Adoption of Telemedicine

Yousif Salim Abdalla


Abstract— Health service is a very complex and expensive public service and it is a highly sensitive service that highly determines the human capital besides knowledge. In this study we used six technology dimensions (product design, patient relationship management, supply chain management, knowledge management, environment, and governance structure), that highly determine an effective adoption of telehealth health care service. We used DNAP model (DEMATEL and ANP) to evaluate and prioritize the weights of the factors that influence an investment in telemedicine health care service. The results of this study show that product design and patient relationship management has a higher interaction with the rest of the selected dimensions such as knowledge management, supply chain management, governance, and environment. Within the product design with respect to the rest of the dimensions, behavioral requirement ranks first, next knowledge requirement, and third technology requirement; patient relationship management with respect to the rest of the dimensions, the ranking is: social network ranks first, next patient service, and third empowerment.


Telemedicine, ANP, DEMATEL, Knowledge management

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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