Introduction: Population aging and related issues are among the most important challenges
in different countries. It seems that the use of remote technology can provide the elderly
with better healthcare services and can help them to manage chronic diseases. This research aimed
to investigate the experts' views about the feasibility of using mobile-based technology to manage
chronic diseases in the elderly.
Methods: This was a survey study which was completed in 2018. The participants were the faculty
members of the department of geriatrics across the country (n=33). In order to collect data, two
questionnaires were used. The first questionnaire contained questions related to the five dimensions
of a feasibility study and the second questionnaire consisted of five open questions
about the opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of using mobile-based technology in
chronic disease management. The qualitative data were analyzed by using content analysis
method and the quantitative data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics.
Results: From the participants’ perspectives, it was feasible to use mobile-based technology in
chronic disease management for elderly people. The mean values for five feasibility dimensions
were as follows: ethico-legal dimension (4.09±1.01), scheduling dimension (3.70±1.03), economic
dimension (3.47±1.04), operational dimension (3.42±1.12) and technical dimension (3.07±1.27).
While such a technology can help increasing the accessibility of healthcare services, raising health
literacy, and saving time and costs, the main threats, namely; the misinterpretation of information
and the possibility of breeching confidentiality should not be underestimated.
Conclusion: The results showed that mHealth and remote medical technologies can be used for
chronic disease management among elderly people. However, these technologies have some strengths
and weaknesses. In order to succeed in the development and implementation of these projects, it is essential
to consider probable threats and weaknesses before implementing the applications.