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Optimising Digital Health Platforms in Saudi Arabia: Determinants from the COVID-19 Pandemic Experience

Version 1 : Received: 21 September 2021 / Approved: 22 September 2021 / Online: 22 September 2021 (22:36:43 CEST)

How to cite: Alghamdi, S.M.; Alsulayyim, A.S.; Alqahtani, J.S.; Aldhahir, A.M. Optimising Digital Health Platforms in Saudi Arabia: Determinants from the COVID-19 Pandemic Experience. Preprints 2021, 2021090393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0393.v1). Alghamdi, S.M.; Alsulayyim, A.S.; Alqahtani, J.S.; Aldhahir, A.M. Optimising Digital Health Platforms in Saudi Arabia: Determinants from the COVID-19 Pandemic Experience. Preprints 2021, 2021090393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0393.v1).

Abstract

COVID-19 poses a significant burden to healthcare systems. Healthcare organisations with a better health innovation infrastructure have faced a reduced burden and achieved success in curbing COVID-19. In Saudi Arabia, digital technologies have played a vital role in fighting SARS-CoV-2 transmission. In this paper, we aimed to summarise the experience of optimising digital health technologies in Saudi Arabia as well as discuss capabilities and opportunities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. A literature review was conducted up to September 2021 to retrieve peer-reviewed articles that critique the use of digital health technology platforms (DHTPs) in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 outbreak. A small but significant body of literature examined the digital response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia. Health officials succeeded in optimising and maintaining a strategy to mitigate the spread of the virus via different digital technologies, such as mobile health applications, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The quick digital response in Saudi Arabia was facilitated by governmental support and considering users and technology determinants. Future research must concentrate on establishing and updating the guidelines for using DHTPs.

Keywords

Digital health; Telehealth; Saudi Arabia; Artificial Intelligence; Digital Technology

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