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    Title: Hospital-Owned Apps in Taiwan: Nationwide Survey
    Authors: Liu, Hao-Yen;Lee, Wui-Chiang;Sun, Ying-Chou;Fen, Jun-Jeng;Chen, Tzeng-Ji;Chou, Li-Fang;Hwang, Shinn-Jang
    Chou, Li-Fang
    Contributors: 財政學系
    Keywords: Taiwan;hospitals;mHealth;mobile apps;telemedicine
    Date: 2018-01
    Issue Date: 2018-09-18 15:56:21 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: Background: Over the last decade, the use of mobile phone apps in the health care industry has grown rapidly. Owing to the high penetration rate of Internet use in Taiwan, hospitals are eager to provide their own apps to improve the accessibility of medical care for patients.

    Objective: The aims of this study were to provide an overview of the currently available hospital-owned apps in Taiwan and to conduct a cross-hospital comparison of app features.

    Methods: In May 2017, the availability of apps from all 414 hospitals in Taiwan was surveyed from the hospital home pages and the Google Play app store. The features of the downloaded apps were then examined in detail and, for each app, the release date of the last update, download frequency, and rating score were obtained from Google Play.

    Results: Among all the 414 hospitals in Taiwan, 150 (36.2%) owned Android apps that had been made available for public use, including 95% (18/19) of the academic medical centers, 77% (63/82) of the regional hospitals, and 22.0% (69/313) of the local community hospitals. Among the 13 different functionalities made available by the various hospital-owned apps, the most common were the doctor search (100%, 150/150), real-time queue monitoring (100%, 150/150), and online appointment scheduling (94.7%, 142/150) functionalities. The majority of apps (57.3%, 86/150) had a rating greater than 4 out of 5, 49.3% (74/150) had been updated at some point in 2017, and 36.0% (54/150) had been downloaded 10,000 to 50,000 times.

    Conclusions: More than one-third of the hospitals owned apps intended to increase patient access to health care. The most common app features might reflect the health care situation in Taiwan, where the overcrowded outpatient departments of hospitals operate in an open-access mode without any strict referral system. Further research should focus on the effectiveness and safety of these apps.
    Relation: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 6(1): e22.
    PMID: 29339347
    Data Type: article
    DOI 連結: https://doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.8636
    DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.8636
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