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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 201

Providing a model for assessing the readiness of hospitals affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in using the Internet of Things (IOT) Technology


1 Department of Engineering, Faculty of Computer Engineering, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Management, Faculty of Economic and Management, Qom University, Qom, Iran
3 Health Information Technology Research Centre, Faculty Member, University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Sayed Mehdi Dehaghani Hejazi
Medical Informatics, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_429_19

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BACKGROUND: The Internet of Things is a revolution in health care both in the field of patient treatment and health information management. This technology can improve the status of patients, providing them with healthcare, collecting, sharing, storing and analyzing their medical information. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Since the use of the IOT will create a wonderful future in the field of electronic health and the telecommunications industry, hospitals, health centers and policymakers in the health sector in the country should not neglect to get advantage of this technology. Therefore, this study aims to collect the necessary indicators for entering this technology and also measuring its preparation to use it. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a practical research and in terms of information gathering, a descriptive survey type that describes and evaluates the preparation of IOT technology implementation in hospitals affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. In order to measure the preparation for implementation of such technology in the treatment centers, a model based on the opinion of the experts in this area should be designed. According to which the model of this assessment in 5 different sections in the treatment centers that require this technology are also significant and Effective changes will be reviewed to assess their preparation. RESULT: According to the standard coefficients obtained as a result of reviewing the opinions of the experts in this field, the most effective factor is “training of specialist staff in the university” and the least effective factor is “purchasing technical knowledge from universities and affiliated centers”. CONCLUSION: The results show that current hospitals are not prepared to move to this area and the universities should be able to enter the field quickly.


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