Evaluation of a web-based telehealth system: A preliminary investigation with seniors in New Zealand

Jaspaljeet Singh Ranjit Singh, Burkhard C. Wünsche, Christof Lutteroth

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Abstract

Home telehealth systems are gaining popularity among seniors, but they are mostly doctor centric, focused on managing diseases instead of preventing them, and do not take into account the social needs of the users. Increasing numbers of seniors going online opens up opportunities to address the shortcomings of current telehealth systems. We have developed a patient-centric, web-based telehealth system which uses Web 2.0 technologies to add social support and user defined content. In this study, we have evaluated the functionalities, usability and user interface of the functional prototype with eight seniors of age range 67 to 90 by using a multimethod approach involving individual walkthrough, system usability scale (SUS), protocol analysis and interviews. Overall, users were satisfied with the usability of the system and functionalities promoting exercises and supporting weight management were in most demand. The evaluation of our prototype demonstrates that combining telehealth functionalities with social component and user-generated content is a promising way to enable users to proactively manage and improve their health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHINZ 2012 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ)
Pages17-24
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2012
Event13th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, CHINZ 2012 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 02 Jul 201203 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other13th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, CHINZ 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period02/07/1203/07/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ranjit Singh, J. S., Wünsche, B. C., & Lutteroth, C. (2012). Evaluation of a web-based telehealth system: A preliminary investigation with seniors in New Zealand. In CHINZ 2012 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ) (pp. 17-24). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/2379256.2379260