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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:7314-7. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6611247.

Predictors of successful acceptance of home telemanagement in veterans with Multiple Sclerosis.


Modern telehealth technologies may be instrumental in overcoming the barriers of optimal care delivery for patients with MS. However, the significant potential of telemedicine approaches in improving MS care has not yet been fully explored. The Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been actively promoting the use of telemedicine in helping veterans with MS. Particular attention was given to the development of cost-effective care coordination solutions which can be easily delivered directly to each veteran home via internet and accessed via a regular computer or a mobile device. In this article, the design of the MS HAT system is introduced and results of the initial feasibility evaluation are presented. The feasibility of the MS HAT system was assessed by (1) analyzing attitudinal surveys of veterans with MS who used the MS HAT system at home for over a month; (2) identifying factors affecting acceptance of the MS HAT system; (3) reviewing adherence of MS HAT users to self-testing regimen; (4) analyzing veteran feedback on MS HAT functionality using semi-structured qualitative interviews.

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