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Perspectives on Telemedicine during the Era of COVID-19; What Can Saudi Arabia Do?

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Health Promotion and Health Education Research Chair, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Family & Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Preventive Cardiology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita 564-8565, Japan
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Public Health, Department of Social Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
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Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef 62511, Egypt
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(20), 10617; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182010617
Received: 14 August 2021 / Revised: 6 October 2021 / Accepted: 7 October 2021 / Published: 11 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Telemedicine in the Era of COVID-19)
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has represented a challenge to medical practice in Saudi Arabia and worldwide. In contrary to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, there was a limitation in the capacity of medical practices and access to healthcare. A growing body of evidence from healthcare settings in Saudi Arabia and worldwide has suggested a possible role for telemedicine in responding to this evolving need. Telemedicine can be used for triage, direct care, follow-up, and consultation. It could be delivered through synchronous, asynchronous, and mixed approaches. While telemedicine has several advantages, such as accessibility and cost-effectiveness, its diagnostic reliability should be further investigated. The Saudi Vision (2030) has drawn up a roadmap to invest in digital healthcare during the coming decade; however, some barriers related to using telemedicine in Saudi healthcare settings, including cultural issues and technical difficulties, should be openly discussed. In addition, before putting telemedicine in practice on a wide scale in Saudi Arabia, more efforts should be carried out to issue updated legislation and regulations, discuss and respond to ethical concerns, and ensure data security. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; telemedicine; data security; medical practice; Saudi Arabia COVID-19; telemedicine; data security; medical practice; Saudi Arabia
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Al-Hazmi, A.M.; Sheerah, H.A.; Arafa, A. Perspectives on Telemedicine during the Era of COVID-19; What Can Saudi Arabia Do? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182010617

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Al-Hazmi AM, Sheerah HA, Arafa A. Perspectives on Telemedicine during the Era of COVID-19; What Can Saudi Arabia Do? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182010617

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Al-Hazmi, Ali M., Haytham A. Sheerah, and Ahmed Arafa. 2021. "Perspectives on Telemedicine during the Era of COVID-19; What Can Saudi Arabia Do?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 20: 10617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182010617

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