HumanInsight The development of telemedicine programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress and associated challenges
Health Technol (Berl). 2021 Nov 25:1-14. doi: 10.1007/s12553-021-00626-7. Online ahead of print.
Monitoring the progress of telemedicine use in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries has received a considerable attention from many health organizations and governmental agencies. This study reviewed the current progress and challenges in relation to the development of telemedicine programs in SSA. The results from reviewing 66 empirical studies revealed an unbalanced progress across SSA countries. Further, technological, organisational, legal and regulatory, individual, financial, and cultural aspects were identified as the major barriers to the success of telemedicine development in SSA. This study reported the current trends in telemedicine application, as well as highlighting critical barriers for consideration by healthcare decision makers. The outcomes from this study offer a number of recommendations to support wider implementation and sustainable usage of telemedicine in SSA.
PMID:34849325 | PMC:PMC8613515 | DOI:10.1007/s12553-021-00626-7
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