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Physicians' acceptance of telemedicine constitutes a prerequisite for its diffusion on a national scale. Based upon the Theory of Interpersonal Behavior, this study was aimed at assessing the predictors of physicians' intention to use telemedicine in their clinical practice. All of the physicians involved in the RQTE, the extended provincial telemedicine(More)
BACKGROUND Telehealth, as other information and communication technologies (ICTs) introduced to support the delivery of health care services, is considered as a means to answer many of the imperatives currently challenging health care systems. In Canada, many telehealth projects are taking place, mostly targeting rural, remote or isolated populations. So(More)
BACKGROUND Electronic medical records (EMRs) have the potential to foster a safer, more effective and more efficient healthcare system. However, their implementation in primary care practice remains a challenge. OBJECTIVE This study aims at exploring factors that have influenced the successful implementation of an EMR system in a family medicine group(More)
BACKGROUND The availability of medical human resource supply is a growing concern for rural and remote communities in many countries. In the last decade, various telehealth experiences in Canada have highlighted the potential impact of this technology on professional practice. The purpose of this study was to explore physicians' and managers' perceptions(More)
The main objective of the study is to comprehend the dynamics of interactions between partners (caregivers, promoters, consultants, patients and managers) involved in the implementation process of an integrated delivery system designed to support the treatment of women with breast cancer. Preliminary findings permit to identify adoption/resistance factors(More)
BACKGROUND In Canada, workforce shortages in the health care sector constrain the ability of the health care system to meet the needs of its population and of its health care professionals. This issue is of particular importance in peripheral regions of Quebec, where significant inequalities in workforce distribution between regions has lead to acute(More)
BACKGROUND E-health is increasingly valued for supporting: 1) access to quality health care services for all citizens; 2) information flow and exchange; 3) integrated health care services and 4) interprofessional collaboration. Nevertheless, several questions remain on the factors allowing an optimal integration of e-health in health care policies,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the Eastern Québec telepathology project is to provide uniform diagnostic telepathology services across a huge geographic region with a low population density. This project is intended to provide surgeons and pathologists with frozen section and second opinion services anywhere and at any time across the entire region in order to avoid(More)
Human and organizational factors are central to the adoption of various telehealth technologies and influence their diffusion into integrated networks. The aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly, a conceptual framework for assessing organizational factors that condition telehealth adoption by hospitals is proposed. Secondly, the results of an exploratory(More)
The Eastern Quebec Telepathology Network is aimed at providing uniform diagnostic telepathology services in a huge territory with a low population density. It has been designed to provide intraoperative consultations (frozen sections) in smaller community hospitals and to allow pathologists working alone to rapidly obtain a second opinion. This study(More)