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International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research


Underlying Challenges of E-Health Adoption in Tanzania

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Author(s) Lazaro S.P. Busagala, Geofrey C. Kawono
On Pages 34-41
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 1
Issue Date January, 2013
Publishing Date January, 2013
Keywords ehealth, ICT challenges / constraints, ICT adoption, Health-care, ICT, Iringa, Morogoro, Tanzania


Abstract


We describe the underlying challenges on the adoption of ehealth (or e-health) in Tanzania which encompasses the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare services. The study aimed at bridging the knowledge gap of ehealth adoption for improved healthcare services in Tanzania. The survey was conducted in regions namely Iringa and Morogoro, Tanzania using a structured questionnaire to health service recipients and providers. The findings show that the challenges include inadequate ICT skills, high cost of ICT in relation to economic status of community members, less developed infrastructure including lack of imaging equipment, small proportion of Internet users and lack of information about suitable ICT solutions. The findings have an important implication in various sectors including policy formulations aimed at increasing the adoption of ehealth for improved services.

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