University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia Australia
Associate Professor Raj Gururajan has been active in the area of health information systems for the past seven years. His initial wireless solution, developed for a private healthcare provider in Western Australia, received the commendation award by WAITTA in 2003. Subsequent solutions using wireless technology to this healthcare provider resulted in the development of an organisation‑wide policy framework for technology implementation. This work has been published in the prestigious Journal of Tele-health by the Royal Society of Medicine Press. His work on providing implementation principles for computing technology in healthcare and aged care has been published in premier academic journals, as well as events such as ECIS 2007, PACIS 2005, ACIS 2003 & 2004 conferences, HIC 2004 conferences and other HISA conferences. Building on this experience, he has secured the experienced researcher category grant in 2004 from the Queensland Nursing Council to study wireless technology acceptance issues among nurses; Toowoomba Health Foundation grant in 2005; and an ARC Linkage Grant in 2005, 2007; two grants from Queensland State wide Telehealth Services; another Toowoomba Health Foundation Grant in 2006; and Health innovation fund in 2006. Dr Gururajan has secured over $70,000 in scholarship from the Australian Computer Society Foundation to support two PhD students and $72,000 from Health Innovation fund to support a PhD student in the area of Evidence Based Practice. He is currently supervising eight higher degrees students in the area of Health Information Systems. Currently, he is the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Business at USQ and established a wireless technology research laboratory by securing funding of $170,000 from the University. This has propelled many projects with the local health district, including studying methods to detect sleep patterns using wireless technology and DSS; evaluation of telehealth technology; the proposed digital stethoscope project and developing a research framework for telehealth. The health projects have earned him an invitation in 2005 to be part of an OECD team to evaluate regional capacities in the South‑East Queensland region.
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia
University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Qld, Australia
Reactions and Perceptions of Healthcare Professional Towards Wireless Devices In Healthcare Environment In The Developing World: A Case Of Pakistan
Raj Gururajan, Abdul Hafeez-Baig, Don Kerr
This study explored reactions and perceptions of medical professionals to the use of wireless technology in the Pakistani healthcare setting. A questionnaire was developed and 300 medical professionals were surveyed with 97 completed survey forms returned. Regression analysis of the data indicated that clinical performance and better quality of services would be the key determinants in using wireless technology in Pakistani healthcare. These medical professionals indicated that in order to continuously use the technology, training and technical supports were essential. They also indicated that the introduction of such a technology will result in the attraction of more practitioners, save time, save effort and provide high quality information. Collectively, these factors, in the opinion of these professionals will reduce inaccuracies in data.
Wireless Technology; User Perceptions; Pakistani Healthcare, PDAs