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Information Technologies Adoption in Medical Education, Research and Advancement Clinical Treatment at King Saud Medical City

Deena M. Barakah 1, Manal M. Shira 1, and Sami S. Alwakeel 2
1. Dental Clinic Department, King Saud Medical City, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2. Department of Computer Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abstract—Although the use of Information technology (IT) systems and applications at medical context by physicians have been studied at many hospitals in advance countries, little attention has been paid to how current medical & health care practitioners staff at Saudi hospitals are applying the information technology and the Internet in their daily clinical practice. This study at King Saud Medical City (KSMC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia aims towards assessment of the medical staff proficiency in: using IT based technologies in clinical tasks, in using new E-clinical systems (e.g. CPOE, PAC etc.), and to estimate the adoption rates of IT technologies for enhancing medical knowledge , continuing education and medical research. A questionnaire was developed based on cross-sectional study and was distributed, to medical staff and health care employees of KSMC to get their feedback. Based on various results collected, it can be deduced that the adoption rate of IT technologies among KSMC medical and healthcare practitioners in clinical tasks, use of clinical systems, is comparable to their counterparts in advanced countries.

Index Terms—IT Adoption in clinical practice, E-Health Literacy in clinical practice, Saudi health System.

Cite: Deena M. Barakah, Manal M. Shira, and Sami S. Alwakeel, "Information Technologies Adoption in Medical Education, Research and Advancement Clinical Treatment at King Saud Medical City," Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 63-66, May, 2015. doi:10.12720/jait.6.2.63-66
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