269296 Technology Acceptance Theory and E-Health: Profiling E-Health Users Via Intensity of Use

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Lisa Sparks, PhD , Health and Strategic Comm Dept/Public Health Program, Chapman University/University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA
By applying the technology acceptance model (TAM), we examined predictors of patients' use of e-health systems. With the use of the independent variables, perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, internet dependency, and self-assessed health status, we intended to profile users based on their intensity of use of the e-health systems. Through Pearson product-moment correlation analysis, key predictors from TAM were found to not correlate with the expected independent variable. Results of the current study suggest that TAM needs to be revised and/or extended to study technology acceptance when the e-health systems are to be used by highly technologically savvy individuals.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Application of the technology acceptance model (TAM) as a framework for predictors of patientsí use of e-health systems. 2. Explain and differentiate barriers to use including: ease of use, perceived usefulness, internet dependency, and self-assessed health status. 3. Assess what works for increased adoption and adherence of e-health systems in the workplace.

Keywords: Internet Tools, Workplace Stressors

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Lisa Sparks (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1998) Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University in Orange, California and serves as Head/Director of the Master of Science graduate program in Health and Strategic Communication in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Dr. Sparks serves as a Full Member of the Chao Family/NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Irvine; Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.