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Envisioning a National e-Medicine Network Architecture in a Developing Country: A Case Study

Envisioning a National e-Medicine Network Architecture in a Developing Country: A Case Study
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Author(s): Fikreyohannes Lemma (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Mieso K. Denko (University of Guelph, Canada), Joseph K. Tan (Wayne State University, USA) and Samuel Kinde Kassegne (San Diego State University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 20
Source title: Medical Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Joseph Tan (McMaster University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-050-9.ch099

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Abstract

Poor infrastructures in developing countries such as Ethiopia and much of Sub-Saharan Africa have caused these nations to suffer from lack of efficient and effective delivery of basic and extended medical and healthcare services. Often, such limitation is further accompanied by low patient-doctor ratios, resulting in unwarranted rationing of services. Apparently, e-medicine awareness among both governmental policy makers and private health professionals is motivating the gradual adoption of technological innovations in these countries. It is argued, however, that there still is a gap between current e-medicine efforts in developing countries and the existing connectivity infrastructure leading to faulty, inefficient and expensive designs. The particular case of Ethiopia, one such developing country where emedicine continues to carry significant promises, is investigated and reported in this article.

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