Strategies for positive outcomes: Can information technology make a difference in health in Africa

Julia Royall

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Abstract

This chapter looks to the future through the prism of pilot projects well in progress at the time of this writing: use of a malaria electronic tutorial in Mifumi village, development of a mental health electronic tutorial in northern Uganda, and development of an electronic health management system at Tororo Hospital. Each demonstrates a strategy, rooted in African soil, whose ultimate objective is to improve health through IT and medical informatics. The projects connect users, health professionals, and decision-makers, bringing together interdisciplinary teams. These projects all seek to address the question: Can an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention make a difference in morbidity and mortality in African settings? The findings indicate that not only can these interventions be implemented but can be enhanced with community collaboration, making a positive outcome in terms of community adaptation more likely. Finally, this chapter proposes a health informatics center, a Menlo Park for innovation and entrepreneurship in East Africa in which new ICT inventions and interventions for better health can be created from around the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategy for the Future of Health
PublisherIOS Press
Pages58-73
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781607500506
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume149
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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