Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli


Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli

My current focus is on personal health records (PHRs) and I founded the company Patients Know Best to help patients understand their health records and collaborate with clinicians.

I am fascinated by low cost computer technology that aids collaboration in health care. Low cost is important not only because it means affordable and thus deployable, but because in IT the lower cost solution is also the one with higher quality. And collaboration is important because it improves patient care.

I trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge and before that as a programmer at Anglia Ruskin University. From 2002-2008 I worked as a doctor in the UK National Health Service, a researcher at the US National Institutes of Health and a hospital management consultant in the USA. I also wrote six IT books, all of which dealt with using technology for collaboration.


Books (see blog.mo.md/books )

  • Handheld Computers for Doctors , Mohammad Al-Ubaydli. John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
  • Free Software for Busy People , Mohammad Al-Ubaydli. Idiopathic Publishing, 2005.
  • Doctor's PDA and Smartphone Handbook , Mohammad Al-Ubaydli. RSM Press, 2006.
  • Handheld Computers for Chefs, Susan Sykes Hendee & Mohammad Al-Ubaydli. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
  • Electronic Medication Reconciliation: Practices for Streamlining Information Transfer, Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Maria van Wagenberg and Erik Johnson with artwork by Sharlene Salvatierra. The Advisory Board Company, 2007.
  • treamlining Hospital-Patient Communication: Developing High Impact Patient Portals, Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Jacob Elo and Neha Mahendru with artwork by Docxn Hayes. The Advisory Board Company, 2007.
  • Navigating the New Frontier of Connectivity: Implementation Guide for Staging EMR Deployment in Independent Practices, Nailah Jinnah, Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Colleen Murpehy, Philip Sugg and Matt Cinque with artwork by Sharlene Salvatierra. The Advisory Board Company, 2008.

Selected papers (see blog.mo.md/publications)

  • Bahrain should Adopt Open Source Electronic Medical Records. Al-Ubaydli M, Bahrain Medical Bulletin 2008.
  • Using Search Engines to Find Online Medical Information. Al-Ubaydli M, PLoS Med 2005.
  • The Doctor’s PDA and Smartphone Handbook: Personal digital assistant. Al-Ubaydli M and Paton C, J R Soc Med. 2005.
  • Handheld computers. Al-Ubaydli M, BMJ, 2004.


Postal address and contact information

Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education
University College Medical School
University College London
4th Floor, Holborn Union Building
The Archway Campus
Highgate Hill
N19 5LW

Phone: +44-1223-852593
Fax: +1-240-823-2411
E-mail: m.al-ubaydli@ucl.ac.uk