Libyan International Medical University Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74--81

Health professional students' preparedness for E-Health


Adel I A. Al-Tawaty1, Ehab A Omar Elfallah2 
1 Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya
2 Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology, Libyan International Medical University, Benghazi, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Adel I A. Al-Tawaty
Consultant Pediatrician and Health Professional Educationist, Libyan International Medical University, Kairawan Street, Benghazi
Libya

Background: E-Health is one of the recent major developments in health-care provision. Today's health professional students are considered digitally oriented, and this may endow them with the necessary capabilities to implement E-Health on graduation. Aim: This study aimed to assess students' views, use, confidence, and need for training on E-Health. Participants: Fourth-, 5th- and internship-year students of the medical and dental schools at the Libyan International Medical University constituted the study population. Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study conducted using an online administered survey. Prior to implementation, the questionnaire was reviewed by experts and then piloted on a group of research-targeted students. Likert scale was used for most questions and few were in the form of short answers. Descriptive statistics were reported using SPSS software version 23.0. Results: One hundred and two students responded, and all responders were included for most select-response questions. The male-to-female ratio was 2:3, with a mean age of 24 ± 1.8 years. Medical students accounted for 52% of the participants. An average of 45% reported proficiency in written and spoken English. Only 12% have taken IT-related courses. Their view on E-Health was moderately positive with a mean of 3.5 ± 0.34 of 3.1 ± 1.029. In spite of this, 43% ± 3.9% had negative views on E-Health. Nearly 58% of the participants used digital tools and software with a mean score of 2.43 ± 0.6. Most students reported using social media, especially Facebook (mean 4.95 ± 1.7). The students reported a confidence level of information and communication technology (ICT) use of 3.4 ± 1.2. They also described their confidence in learning a new technology with a value of 3 ± 0.3. Almost 32.9% of the participants expressed an overall need for training on ICT tools. Conclusion: The overall preparedness of this group for ICT is moderate and needs improvement. This could be achieved through introducing changes in the taught curriculum.


How to cite this article:
A. Al-Tawaty AI, Omar Elfallah EA. Health professional students' preparedness for E-Health.Libyan Int Med Univ J 2019;4:74-81


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A. Al-Tawaty AI, Omar Elfallah EA. Health professional students' preparedness for E-Health. Libyan Int Med Univ J [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jun 24 ];4:74-81
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