The role of mHealth for equitable access to healthcare for rural residents

Becky Deitenbeck, Sajda Qureshi, Jason Xiong

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Abstract

While Mobile Health (mHealth), and medical applications offer the possibility of pervasive and improved delivery of healthcare services, their adoption in rural communities remains limited. Following an overview of the potential of mHealth applications to support improved access to equitable healthcare by rural residents, this paper offers an analysis of perceptions held by rural residents relating to their use technologies in a rural Midwestern community. Using data from a sample of 1, 667 rural residents, a descriptive statistics analysis of rural residents' use of mobile applications to support equitable access to healthcare is carried out. The findings suggest that mHealth applications can support equitable access to healthcare for rural residents by offering specific functionalities for communicating with providers, searching for health information and tools for addressing common symptoms. The contribution of this paper is in offering key concepts relating to equitable healthcare provision through the use of internet enabled mobile devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9780996683166
StatePublished - 2018
Event24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2018Aug 18 2018

Publication series

NameAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018

Other

Other24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period8/16/188/18/18

Keywords

  • Equitable healthcare provision
  • Health equity
  • Mobile health (mHealth)
  • Rural residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Deitenbeck, B., Qureshi, S., & Xiong, J. (2018). The role of mHealth for equitable access to healthcare for rural residents. In Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 (Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018). Association for Information Systems.