Albeit recent improvements in the country’s health care services; the health of large proportion of Africans is still not at par. The continent is deprived of basic healthcare conditions which could be justified by the basic indicators of health such as high child and maternal mortality rates, low birth weights of the children, and poor sanitation and healthcare access.
These problems are combined with lack of high quality network infrastructure, which also eliminates the possibility of better healthcare opportunities with the help of telemedicine. Most African countries have poor broadband and internet infrastructure which is critical for the roll out of telediagnosis, teleconsultation, teletreatment and telemonitoring through teleclinics. The countries are in urgent need for upgradation of information and communication (ICT) tools to improve the digital environment and enable the feasibility of electronic healthcare. Some countries such as South Africa and Ethiopia have made significant progress in their ICT infrastructure whereas countries such as Burkina Faso and Nigeria have been slow in implementing changes due to lack of political will.
Government of Kenya launched its first phase of the National Telemedicine Initiative in year 2013, which aims to improve access to better healthcare for economically challenged people and people living in rural regions of the country. The telemedicine program is planned to provide a platform that will be capable to help patients and healthcare providers residing in rural areas to have interaction with healthcare experts at Kenya’s main referral hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) with the help of videoconferencing.
mHealth can help in providing primary healthcare services to low income medical insurance holders and can assist in curbing the inequality across public and private healthcare services. In 2015, it was recorded that only 14% of the South African population had access to 57% of the total health expenditure of South Africa, which clearly advocates the inequality scenario.
Amongst all the African states, Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of health professionals; however the availability of the midwives and nurses is still low which implicates the lack of primary healthcare delivery. Moreover the health professionals are cluttered in the urban areas in southern part of country mainly in Lagos, providing tertiary health care facilities.
Most of the healthcare services are provided by the government in Ghana and Ghana Health Services (GHS). The complete healthcare scenario has five levels of providers: health posts which are first level primary care for rural areas, health centers and clinics, district hospitals, regional hospitals, and tertiary hospitals.
Key Factors Considered in the Report
- South Africa Ehealth Market
- Telemedicine Industry Trends
- Telehealth industry statistics
- Healthcare IT Market in Africa
- E-Health Market Growth Africa
- Case Study Telemedicine Africa
- Potential Telemedicine in Africa
- MHealth Industry Growth in Africa
- E-health industry ICT Government
- M-Health Industry Performance Africa
- Primary Healthcare Services Online Africa
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