The role and use of telemedicine by physicians in developing countries: a case report from Saudi Arabia

Dana Alajmi*, Mohamed Khalifa, Amr Jamal, Nasria Zakaria, Suleiman Alomran, Ashraf El-Metwally, Majed Al-Salamah, Mowafa Househ

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As technological advance leaps into the developing world, telemedicine is expected to significantly grow in many developing countries. It is important to investigate the awareness, preferences, requirements, perceptions and attitudes of physicians in Saudi Arabia towards the use of telemedicine technology. In order to promote the use of telemedicine among physicians, training should be focused on older professionals and those who show lower levels of IT knowledge and experience. This chapter uses the results of a survey that was conducted in the city of Al-Dammam, Saudi Arabia, which gathered information about physicians' awareness and attitude towards telemedicine. Most physicians reported high level of awareness of telemedicine and showed interest in using telemedicine technology in their work. Physicians' preference of using such technology was predicted by their awareness, knowledge and previous experience, using telemedicine and technology affinity. Physicians' willingness to use telemedicine was influenced by age, technology preparedness and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Public Health in Developing Nations
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781466687035
ISBN (Print)1466687029, 9781466687028
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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