Aim: To identify role of electronic Health (eHealth) in supporting healthy ageing (HA), along with factors which impacts on acceptance of eHealth, focused around skills needed to gain knowledge of healthcare using IT, i.e. eHealth literacy.
Method: A qualitative study was conducted in regional area of Whittlesea, Victoria, via formal questionnaires and focus group interviews to capture experiences of fifteen members of the Whittlesea University of Third Age (WU3A) which were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically.
Results: Themes included (i) eHealth and Seniors; (ii) HA with eHealth; and (iii) eHealth literacy and HA.
Conclusion: Benefits achieved were desired in this study, but it was realized that limited awareness and training platforms were the barriers limiting the potential positive impacts of eHealth. The study identifies that seniors requires further education on eHealth, where training is delivered in a way that helps them to relate their needs to the benefits of eHealth.
Research Results of Doctor Of IT (Yr 2) @ Charles Sturt University.