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Why sub-Saharan Africa lags in electronic health record adoption and possible strategies to increase its adoption in this region

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- Enablers
- Challenges
- Outcomes and Impacts

- Digital Literacy And Skills

Author(s): Florence Femi Odekunle, Raphael Oluseun Odekunle, and Srinivasan Shankar

This study sought to identify factors that affect the adoption of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) in sub-Saharan Africa and strategies to improve its adoption in this region. A comprehensive literature search was conducted on three electronic databases. The available evidence indicated that there were many factors that hindered the widespread adoption of an EHR in sub-Saharan Africa. These were high costs of procurement and maintenance of the EHR system, lack of financial incentives and priorities, poor electricity supply and internet connectivity, and primary user’s limited computer skills.


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