Author : Enny Rachmani


The enactment of the national social security program in 2014 requires Health Information Technology in the health facilities to work efficiently and effectively. Studies found that the success and the failure of the implementation of an eHealth most depend on the PHC staff skill, including physicians, nurse, etc. PHC’s workers should have digital health literacy so that they could adopt eHealth in daily activities. This study aims to describe internet behavior and the digital health literacy of PHC staff in Kendal District to explore the correlation with the perception of eHealth in PHC’s work environment. This study conducted in Kendal District, Central Java, Indonesia that has PHCs distributes in rural and urban areas. This study assigned 281 PHC’s staff from 13 PHC. This study used a questionnaire to collect data on internet behavior and perception of eHealth while digital health literacy was measured with PHIC4PHC (Public Health Informatics Competence for Primary Health Care) questionnaire. Most of the respondents are female (86.1%) and have vocation education (82.9%), and 37.7% of respondents have range age at 31-40 years old. Some of PHC staff still never use the internet (7.5%) and computer (15.7%). Only 18.9% respondent ever get training, and 64.4% have computer/laptop. Male had better internet behavior and digital health literacy but lowered in the perception of eHealth. PHC staff in urban area had higher digital literacy and perception of eHealth. This study reveals that positive or negative impression related to the digital health literacy of staff and the demographic of PHC. This study found that digital health literacy and perception of eHealth were different in an urban and rural area. Further research needs to explore the real skills of PHC in digital health literacy and conducted nationally.


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