Although timely access to professional medical advice is crucial for patient health outcomes, traditional offline, one-on-one patient-provider interactions are time-consuming and costly. Online “Ask the doctor” (AtD) services have become increasingly popular, because they allow patients and caregivers to obtain advice from medical professionals at a lower information and transaction cost. In this paper, we present an empirical study of Fenda, an innovative AtD platform recently introduced in China through which patients and caregivers can consult a wide variety of healthcare professionals for a small fee. Using qualitative research methods, we analyzed how patients and caregivers interact with medical professionals on this platform, focusing on the nature of the questions asked and potential motivation for using the platform. Based on the results, we derived implications for designing better online AtD services connecting patients and caregivers to medical professionals.
|Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
|Published - Nov 1 2018
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)