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REVIEW ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/iaphcm-2017/1710015

Paradigm Shift in Healthcare through Technology and Patient-Centeredness

Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Muammar1, Zakiuddin Ahmed2 and Abdullah M. Aldahmash2*

1King Saud University Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Health Research Center, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Amidst the background of numerous challenges confronting the healthcare sector (such as rising costs, chronic disease upsurge and issues related to patient safety), this narrative review aims to shed light on the opportunities provided by patient-centered care and technology use as a means to improve and reshape the healthcare sector. The evolution of technology use in healthcare from telemedicine to the present era of connected health is highlighted and discussed as a pertinent emerging model to strengthen the patient-centered care and link the components of the healthcare sector. Various trends in the technology arena which uphold the tenets of patient-centered care are also outlined. Lastly, some of the critical views about digitalization of health that have impeded the widespread adoption have been touched.