Sociocultural and technological barriers across all phases of implementation for mobile health in developing countries

Yvonne O’ Connor, Siobhan O’ Connor, Ciara Heavin, Joe Gallagher, John O’ Donoghue

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Abstract

In recent years, scholars are realizing the importance of examining mobile health (mHealth) implementation in developing countries. A vast array of research exists that focuses on barriers of mHealth adoption in such domains. However, the majority of these papers embrace the concept of adoption to cover the entire process of implementation. This chapter acknowledges that various phases of implementation exist. As a result, the researchers identify potential barriers for each phase of mHealth implementation in developing countries. By examining extant literature, this study reveals that various sociocultural and technological factors across individuals and organizations collectively can hinder mHealth implementation in developing regions. Extant research indicates that the focus of mHealth in these constituencies, a nascent area of research, places too much emphasis on the benefits associated with mHealth implementation. Subsequently, this chapter endeavors to outline the barriers that should assist with overcoming common obstacles in the successful implementation of mHealth initiatives in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Computing in Medicine and Health
PublisherElsevier
Chapter10
Pages212-230
ISBN (Print)9780128034682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • barriers
  • developing countries
  • mobile health
  • mHealth
  • implementation
  • sociocultural
  • technological

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