INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES DELIVERY (A CASE STUDY OF TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN RIVERS STATE)


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES DELIVERY (A CASE STUDY OF TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN RIVERS STATE)  

ABSTRACT

This study was intended to evaluate the relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers state. This study was guided by the following objectives; to determine the level of use of information technology in the tertiary hospitals in Rivers State. to examine the relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State. To ascertain the factors limiting the use of information technology in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.The study employed the descriptive and explanatory design; questionnaires in addition to library research were applied in order to collect data. Primary and secondary data sources were used and data was analyzed using the chi-square statistical tool at 5% level of significance which was presented in frequency tables and percentage. The respondents under the study were 25 employees of the university of port Harcourt teaching hospital; Rivers state. The study findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals; based on the findings from the study, efforts should be made by the Nigerian government and stakeholders in improving information technology across all hospitals to improve service delivery.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Title Page………………..i

Certification………….…ii

Dedication………………iii

Acknowledgment……….iv

Table of content……...…v

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

1.1    Background of the Study

1.2    Statement of the Problem

1.3    Purpose/objectives of the Study   

1.4    Research Questions   

1.5    Research Hypothesis

1.6    Significance of the Study    

1.7    Scope of the Study

1.8    Limitation of the study

1.9    Definition of Terms

REFERENCES

CHAPTER TWO

LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 INTRODUCTION

Using ICTs in the health sector

Improving the functioning of health care systems

Improving health care Service delivery

3.2.1 Telemedicine

3.2.2 E-learning

Electronic networking and communication support on HIV and

AIDS

Improving communication around health

Information via the Internet and other ICT media

Information and communication via the Internet

Information and communication via ICT-enabled media

Increasing effectiveness of communication systems

Greater access to communication tools and opportunities

3.3.4 Increasing interaction, participation, and amplifying

“voices”

REFERENCES

CHAPTER THREE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.1    Research Design

3.2    Research Population

3.3    Sample Size and Sampling Technique

3.4    Method of Gathering Data

 3.5    Justification of the Method Used

3.6    Method of Data Analysis

3.7    Justification of the Instrument Used

CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION

BIO DATA OF RESPONDENTS

TABLES BASED ON RESEARCH QUESTIONS

RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

Conclusion based on the decision rule:

CHAPTER FIVE

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND

RECOMMENDATIONS

QUESTIONNAIRE ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

1.1    Background of the Study

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones. Several industries are associated with information technology, including computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, engineering, healthcare, e-commerce and computer services (Wikipedia, 2015).

World population now exceeds six billion of which more than 4.7 billion reside in the developing world. As the population is increasing there is a need to find ways of improving efficiency and quality of health care delivery systems in developing countries especially in Nigeria where this research is conducted. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been identified as a vehicle with the potential to improve the quality of health care systems as well as the efficiency and service delivery of the health workers both in the developed and developing countries.Information and communication technologies have changed the face of the world we live in (Jensen, 1998).

ICT enables people to communicate with family, friends and colleagues around the world instantaneously, gain access to global libraries, information resources, and numerous other opportunities. ICT may also bring an improvement in health care service delivery systems. So, we may define information technology as one of the driving forces of globalization.

Since the year 2001, there has been a revolutionary growth in the telephony industry which is a major branch of information technology in Nigeria. This is expected to have permeated the health care institutions with significant positive impact on health care service delivery. Two years after the introduction of GSM in Nigeria, conducted an interview among medical practitioners in some Nigerian teaching hospitals to find out the current level of utilization of telephones for health care service delivery. They noted that medical experts use their personal mobile phones to facilitate patient care at their own expense. Neither the government nor hospital management had taken up the responsibility. Currently, the number of GSM service providers in the country has increased significantly and all of them keep rolling out several service options or packages including internet services with varying benefits to attract customers (Agboola, 2003). Although, A GSM based referral system was developed, validated and recommended for use in the primary health care centres. The extent to which the growth in telecommunication has impacted tertiary health care service delivery and how far this has enhanced the development of an ICT –driven health care practice in Nigeria is still to be known. This has necessitated the need for study into the relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in River State.

The production of quality health-care service delivery in a country is guided by the level of the information technology infrastructure possessed and used by that country. A good information technology infrastructure, therefore, is a prerequisite for enhancing the well-being of a country. Gates (1999) reported that intra- and inter-organizational networks in some advanced countries function like a digital neural system of the organization. Thus, he inferred that information communication for health purposes has shifted from the largely manual or physical documentary method to digital communication. He further stated that such access to information technology has helped disseminate information to the rest of the world. American doctors are now able to collaborate as often and as quickly as they want with other medical doctors in other parts of the world through the use of information technology. For example, while examining a patient, a medical doctor might be able to send an electronic x-ray of a patient to a leading expert in another country who could readily interpret and provide more details of the disease or condition, as well as send feedback to the medical doctor all within a few minutes. Medical researchers, in their research and application processes, can use the Internet to identify research issues, search literature databases, seek out information on surveys and clinical trials, and published research results.

1.2    Statement of the Problem

Several studies have reported on information technology use among medical and health workers reported that while information technology capabilities (personal computers, mobile phones, Internet) were available in Nigerian teaching hospitals, mobile phones were spreading fast. Information technology has greatly advanced the course of health delivery in advanced countries. It is also a known fact that computers and mobile phones were in use in all the teaching hospitals but not much Internet connectivity was available, meaning that most of the medical experts used external (non hospital) Internet services, such as cybercafés, for even rudimentary Internet access, such as e-mail. Several research further explained that while just 1.4% of the medical staff did not use the Internet in any fashion, the vast majority (70.7%) of those using the Internet did so only for e-mail. However, the researcher is examining the effect of information technology on service delivery in Nigerian Teaching hospitals

1.3    Purpose/objectives of the Study   

The following are the objectives of this study:

1.    To determine the level of use of information technology in the tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.

2.    To examine the relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.

3.    To ascertain the factors limiting the use of information technology in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.

1.4    Research Questions   

1.    What is the level of use of information technology in the tertiary hospitals in Rivers State?

2.    What is the relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State?

3.    What are the factors limiting the use of information technology in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State?

1.5    Research Hypothesis

HO: There is no significant relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.

HA: There is significant relationship between information technology and service delivery in tertiary hospitals in Rivers State.

1.6    Significance of the Study    

The following are the significance of this study:

1.    Findings from this study will educate the administrators in the Nigeria health sector on the benefit of information technology on service delivery if applied in the tertiary hospitals.

2.    This research will also serve as a resource base to other scholars and researchers interested in carrying out further research in this field subsequently, if applied will go to an extent to provide new explanation to the topic.

1.7    Scope of the Study

This study on information technology and service delivery will cover the level of use of information technology based system in the tertiary hospitals in Rivers state considering its effect on health care service delivery.

1.8    Limitation of the study

1.    Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).

2.    Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.

1.9    Definition of Terms

Information technology: the study or use of systems (especially computers and telecommunications) for storing, retrieving, and sending information.

Tertiary hospitals: A tertiary referral hospital (also called a tertiary hospital, tertiary referral center, or tertiary care center, or tertiarycenter) is a hospital that provides tertiary care, which is health care from specialists in a large hospital after referral from primary care and secondary care.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES DELIVERY (A CASE STUDY OF TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN RIVERS STATE)



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