Telehealth in Saudi Arabia: Its Evolution, Present Infrastructure, and Forward-Looking Implications

  •  Abdullah Ghthaith Almutairi    
  •  Salman Abdulrahman Almutairi    
  •  Ashwaq Awadh Almutairi    
  •  Najla Nishaa H. Althobaiti    
  •  Khlood Awadh T. Alrashedi    
  •  Muaddi Faris Alotaibi    


Telehealth, the utilization of digital technologies for remote healthcare, has seen significant growth in Saudi Arabia. Historically used to bridge the healthcare gap between urban and rural regions due to the vast desert terrains of the country, its adoption has been bolstered by initiatives like the ‘Telemedicine Project’ and Saudi Vision 2030. Despite challenges including connectivity issues, hesitations among healthcare professionals, and patient skepticism, the COVID-19 pandemic accentuated its importance. With technological advances, a shift in societal needs, and strategic policies, telehealth’s prospects in Saudi Arabia appear promising, but vigilance against potential pitfalls remains essential.

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