Factors Affecting Behavioural Intention to Adopt e-Health in Egypt - Online DBA defense


On 27 October 2020, Mr. Hani F.A. Mohamed Eltalabawy successfully defended his DBA thesis titled ‘Factors Affecting Behavioural Intention to Adopt e-Health in Egypt’. The DBA defense took place in an online session.

Dr. Eltalabawy describes his DBA studies at MSM as a fulfilling and rewarding journey: “The knowledge and the skills that I acquired at MSM and the opportunity to implement advanced research methodology with practical and managerial implications for the countries that I serve as UN staff, in the domain of digital health, has only increased my hunger for more learning and more research. I look forward to more research opportunities with such a reputable and committed business school.”

About Dr. Eltalabawy’s research
Health is no longer a passive beneficiary of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), rather a main driver for the development of innovative technologies worldwide. Understanding the factors influencing the continued use of digital health is key to increase its adoption, especially in developing countries with challenged health systems in terms of workforce, regulations, culture, and resources.

This research addresses the problem of how the perception and attitude of health workers, and hence, their intention to use digital health are motivated by different factors. The aim is to bridge the gap in the literature for the identified context by offering a model that integrates concepts from existing theories together into a conceptual model for empirical testing to develop recommendations and managerial implications.

To achieve its objectives, this research had to address several theories and concepts to identify and catalogue hundreds of relevant variables that would contribute to the research model.

Identified issues in studied models and conducting interviews with subject matter experts contributed to developing an enhanced model. Structural Equation Modelling was then used to test the research model among physicians and non-physicians.

The findings identified a new emerging block - the work relationship between health workers – which affects their attitude to accept or reject ICT and provided theoretical and methodological contributions as well as practical and managerial implications with regards to strategy, governance, planning and capacity to ensure an enabling environment for increased adoption of digital health. Interesting characteristics and cultural findings were underscored with recommendations for future research to support the objective of strengthening national health systems via increased adoption of digital health.

About Dr. Hani F. A. Mohamed Eltalabawy
Hani F. A. Mohamed Eltalabawy is the head of the African Center for Information Systems (IS) and technological innovations which he has established at World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa in the year 2016. He holds a B.Eng. in communications and electronics, a M.Sc. in computer science (UofL, Kentucky, USA) and a M.Phil (Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands). Over 23 years, he extensively worked in over 41 countries, holding variety of positions of increasing responsibility, where he developed sound expertise to become a keynote speaker and a presenter in tens of specialized summits worldwide (e.g. ITU), to contribute to tens of technical publications and toolkits, and to become a reviewer for respectful journals (e.g. IEEE and EMHJ).

His research interest is in digital health, IS, HIS, GIS, e-Surveillance, m-Health, national strategies, and the challenges for implementation of such technologies which motivated this research.

He is honored to have contributed to the eradication of Wild Polio Virus from Africa.

Dr. Eltalabawy was born in the delta of Egypt, in 1972 and he lives in Cairo with his wife and his three children.

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