DSpace
 

KNUSTSpace >
Research Articles >
College of Science >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12978

Title: IMPACT OF SMARTPHONE APPLICATIONS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE, CASE STUDY OF NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE, GHANA
Authors: Kwasi Badu, Michael
Panford, Joseph Kobina
Hayford-Acquah, James Ben
Keywords: EMS
EMTs
Impact
Smartphone
Applications
Issue Date: Feb-2019
Publisher: International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security
Citation: International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol. 17, No. 2
Abstract: The emergency medical service (EMS) has experienced some impact of technology in EMS delivery. One of such technologies is the introduction of smartphones and their applications to the sector. This study was conducted to assess impact of smartphone apps in emergency medical service. The study employed a quantitative descriptive approach using questionnaires to gather data from emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The objective of the study was to assess the impact of smartphone apps in emergency medical service among EMTs of the National Ambulance Service on work performance. In achieving this objective, specific objectives of assessing usage of smartphone applications in EMS, assessing challenges hindering adoption of EMS smartphone apps in the EMS, assessing impact of EMS smartphone apps on work performance, and exploring EMS smartphone applications and medico-legal issues were first achieved. The study found that EMS smartphone apps have much significant impact on the endyear performance of the EMTs; improve EMS education and research; clinical communication and medical direction on the field; patient assessment; file and document sharing among EMTs. It also revealed three main challenges that hinder adoption of EMS smartphone apps among EMTs as high cost of smartphones; risk of patient safety, privacy, and security; and lack of awareness. The study also identified three medico-legal issues regarding the use of smartphone apps by EMTs. These are breach of patient privacy, loss of patient confidentiality and delay in health care delivery. In the light of this, the study recommended training for health workers on how, when and where EMS smartphone apps could be used.
Description: This article is published in International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security and also available at https://sites.google.com/site/ijcsis/
URI: https://sites.google.com/site/ijcsis/
http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12978
Appears in Collections:College of Science

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
IMPACT OF SMARTPHONE APPLICATIONS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE,CASE STUDY OF NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE, GHANA.pdf527.9 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0! DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace - Feedback