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The Importance of Form Field Validation : Lesson Learnt From a Feasibility Study of an M-Health Application in Malawi, Africa

O'Connor, Yvonne; Hardy, Victoria; Thompson, Matthew; Mastellos, Nikolaos; Tram, Tammy; O'Donoghue, John; Chirambo, Griphin Baxter; Andersson, Bo LU ; Carlsson, Sven LU and Heavin, Ciara (2016) Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, 2016 In Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems Proceedings
Abstract
Measuring adherence to clinical guidelines using mobile health (mHealth) technologies when form field validation is enforced or turned on could potentially be viewed as skewing the dataset, leading to 100% adherence to the clinical rule base. In theory, healthcare providers should fully abide by clinical guidelines, whether in paper or digital format, to ensure that the patient receives appropriate care. However, what happens when mHealth form field
validation is turned off? As part of a feasibility study in Malawi, Africa, we explored this phenomenon. Switching off validation on the mHealth
artefact served its purpose within the context of a feasibility study where a parallel paper-based clinical assessment process remained in... (More)
Measuring adherence to clinical guidelines using mobile health (mHealth) technologies when form field validation is enforced or turned on could potentially be viewed as skewing the dataset, leading to 100% adherence to the clinical rule base. In theory, healthcare providers should fully abide by clinical guidelines, whether in paper or digital format, to ensure that the patient receives appropriate care. However, what happens when mHealth form field
validation is turned off? As part of a feasibility study in Malawi, Africa, we explored this phenomenon. Switching off validation on the mHealth
artefact served its purpose within the context of a feasibility study where a parallel paper-based clinical assessment process remained in place. The design of this technical artefact with the turnkey validation feature afforded us the opportunity to turn validation on and off seamlessly. Ultimately, from an ethical, clinical and technical perspective the optimum approach is to ensure
that form field validation is switched on. With form field validation on adherence to the clinical guidelines is enforced which minimises incomplete assessment and the potential for suboptimal clinical decisions that could adversely affect patient care.
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  abstract     = {Measuring adherence to clinical guidelines using mobile health (mHealth) technologies when form field validation is enforced or turned on could potentially be viewed as skewing the dataset, leading to 100% adherence to the clinical rule base. In theory, healthcare providers should fully abide by clinical guidelines, whether in paper or digital format, to ensure that the patient receives appropriate care. However, what happens when mHealth form field<br/>validation is turned off? As part of a feasibility study in Malawi, Africa, we  explored this phenomenon. Switching off validation on the mHealth<br/>artefact served its purpose within the context of a feasibility study where a parallel paper-based clinical assessment process remained in place. The design of this technical artefact with the turnkey validation feature afforded us the opportunity to turn validation on and off seamlessly. Ultimately, from an ethical, clinical and technical perspective the optimum approach is to ensure<br/>that form field validation is switched on. With form field validation on adherence to the clinical guidelines is enforced which minimises incomplete assessment and the potential for suboptimal clinical decisions that could adversely affect patient care.<br/>},
  author       = {O'Connor, Yvonne and Hardy, Victoria and Thompson, Matthew and Mastellos, Nikolaos and Tram, Tammy and O'Donoghue, John and Chirambo, Griphin Baxter and Andersson, Bo and Carlsson, Sven and Heavin, Ciara},
  booktitle    = {Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems Proceedings},
  keyword      = {mHealth,Validation,Adherence,Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS),Developing Countries},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {12},
  publisher    = {Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)},
  title        = {The Importance of Form Field Validation : Lesson Learnt From a Feasibility Study of an M-Health Application in Malawi, Africa},
  year         = {2016},
}