e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Socio-technical Arrangements for mHealth: Extending the Mobile Device Use and Adoption Framework

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_20,
        author={Tiwonge Manda and Yamiko Msosa},
        title={Socio-technical Arrangements for mHealth: Extending the Mobile Device Use and Adoption Framework},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={mHealth heterogeneous information infrastructure sociotechnical},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_20}
    }
    
  • Tiwonge Manda
    Yamiko Msosa
    Year: 2012
    Socio-technical Arrangements for mHealth: Extending the Mobile Device Use and Adoption Framework
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_20
Tiwonge Manda,*, Yamiko Msosa1,*
  • 1: Baobab Health Trust
*Contact email: tiomanda@gmail.com, yamiko.msosa@baobabhealth.org

Abstract

This paper extends the mobile device adoption model by Sarker & Wells [1]. We extend this model from being focused on individuals, to discuss intra and extra organisational socio-technical arrangements that interplay with mHealth solution implementation and adoption, in low resource contexts. Among others, highlighted factors include user characteristics, influence of supported work, modality of user mobility, technological characteristics, change management, and other contextual factors such as economic, social, and political factors. This is done by reviewing an mHealth initiative from Malawi and related mHealth literature. We argue that the above mentioned factors form the installed base on which solutions are built, and continuously interplay with the use of mHealth solutions, thereby influencing adoption outcomes.