Integrated mobile health systems: role of socio-cultural factors and the socio-technical systems approach

Authors

  • Maria J. Brunette Department of Public Health, University of Massachusetts Lowell. MA, USA. Ingeniera Industrial doctora en Ingeniería Industrial y de Sistemas
  • Walter H. Curioso Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Seattle, WA, USA. médico cirujano. doctor en Informática Biomédica. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3789-7483

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2017.343.2859

Keywords:

Cultural factors, Information systems, Information technology, Tuberculosis, Peru

Abstract

This paper discusses the role of socio-cultural factors in strengthening integrated mobile health systems. Emphasis is placed on the importance that any initiative in mobile health should consider the analysis of socio-cultural factors during the process of the development and implementation of programs and research interventions. The socio-cultural and socio-technical approach also consider the human factor and considers the conditions of the environment and the context beyond the technological resources of the mobile health system and the infrastructure that supports it. Methodologies such as observational studies, focus groups, and in-depth interviews should be included ideally in any mobile health study. We also present a case study in the north area of Lima (Peru), adapting the Community-Based Participatory Research platform that is based on a socio-technical approach and evaluates the socio-cultural approach with the objective to optimize the diagnosis process of tuberculosis using mobile health.

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Published

2017-09-29

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How to Cite

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Brunette MJ, Curioso WH. Integrated mobile health systems: role of socio-cultural factors and the socio-technical systems approach. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2017 Sep. 29 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];34(3):544-50. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/2859

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