The Association between Computer Literacy and Training on Clinical Productivity and User Satisfaction in Using the Electronic Medical Record in Saudi Arabia

  • May Alasmary
  • Ashraf El Metwally
  • Mowafa HousehEmail author
Education & Training
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  1. Education & Training


The association of computer literacy, training on clinical productivity and satisfaction of a recently implemented Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in Prince Sultan Medical Military City ((PSMMC)) was investigated. The scope of this study was to explore the association between age, occupation and computer literacy and clinical productivity and users’ satisfaction of the newly implemented EMR at PSMMC as well as the association of user satisfaction with age and position. A self-administrated questionnaire was distributed to all doctors and nurses working in Alwazarat Family and Community Center (a Health center in PSMMC). A convenience sample size of 112 healthcare providers (65 Nurses and 47 physicians) completed the questionnaire. A combination of correlation, One Way ANOVA and t-tests were used to answer the research questions. Participants had high levels of self-reported literacy on computers and satisfaction of the system. Both levels were higher among physicians than among nurses. A moderate but significant (at p < 0.01 level) correlation was found between computer literacy and users’ satisfaction towards the system (R = 0.343). Age was weakly, but significantly (at p < 0.05), positively correlated with satisfaction with the system (R = 0.29). Self-reported system productivity and satisfaction was statistically correlated at p < 0.01 (R = 0.509). High level of satisfaction with training on using the system was not positively correlated with overall satisfaction of using the system. This study demonstrated that EMR users with high computer literacy skills were more satisfied with using the EMR than users with low computer literacy skills.


Computer literacy Training EMR satisfaction 



We would like to thank Dr. Hisham Alkhashan, who helped us in coordination within PSMMC hospital, the help from all MedIcen team in PSMMCis highly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • May Alasmary
    • 2
  • Ashraf El Metwally
    • 1
  • Mowafa Househ
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Public Health and Health InformaticsKing Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health AffairsRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Prince Sultan Medical Military City (PSMMC)RiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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