In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in electronic health (e-health) worldwide. It is obvious that healthcare workers must be ready, that is, they need to have adequate computer knowledge, skills and positive attitude towards an e-health solution before they will embrace and use the solution in daily health care service delivery. Therefore, understanding healthcare workforce readiness to accept an IT innovation is essential for designing implementation strategies and protocols that will lead to implementation success. The aim of this study was to assess healthcare workers readiness to adopt e-health applications in public hospitals in regional Saudi Arabia.
This stud found that with adequate training on computer skills and the particular e-health application to be introduced, the concept of introducing e-health applications into public hospitals is welcomed, thus most likely will be accepted by the healthcare workers. The healthcare workers favorable attitude towards the introduction of e-health innovations is a good indication of their willingness to embrace such initiative; however, our survey results also suggest that workforces computer skill and knowledge training is an essential pre-requisite for the success of introducing any e-health initiative into regional hospitals in Saudi Arabia