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Proceedings of PICMET '15: Management of the Technology Age

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Technology -- Social aspects, Telecommunication in medicine, Decision theory, Hierarchical Decision Model, Diagnostic imaging


Healthcare is a very important issue in the U.S. and in the entire world and the total healthcare spending in the United States has increased over the years and by the end of 2021 it will reach up to 20% of the U.S. GDP. The increase of health expenditure, a growing U.S. population, and a projected physician shortage are the top three trends in healthcare industry. The literature highlights that researchers from different fields and with several interests recognize the important role of telemedicine in the healthcare industry. Teleconsultation is an advanced telemedicine application that offers great promise to address some of the challenges raised by these trends, and it is increasingly being included in discussions of medicine’s future. Telemedicine faces many challenges in legislation and regulation, finance, technical, ethical and culture, but still the future is squarely on telemedicine. Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) is integrated with Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) to identify the best alternatives to help the diffusion of teleconsultation.


This is the publisher's final pdf. Copyright © 2015 by PICMET. Paper delivered at Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), 2015.



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