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E-Health at Outpatient Clinics in Uganda
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Health Care in developing countries faces many issues, ranging from overburden to lack of

funding and poor infrastructure. The use of information and communications technology

(ICT) in health care, eHealth, has been seen by many as the remedy to the ills befalling health

care in developing countries. Uganda has been the host of a large number of eHealth projects

the last couple of years. However, few seem to have taken the infrastructural issues plaguing

Ugandan health care into consideration. This report presents the result of an ethnographically

inspired field study and considers how the lack of infrastructure and computer training of the

local medical staff impact the use of eHealth applications at three different clinics, two public

and one private. The lack of Internet, secure storage locations and electricity severely impacts

the sustainability of eHealth at the public institution, as does medical personnel’s’ lack of

computer proficiency. However, these problems can be overcome with training and the right

equipment. Due to the multitude of non-compatible eHealth projects in Uganda, the report

calls for a consolidation of efforts and sharing of information amongst the eHealth application

developers of Uganda. Also, it might be time to reconsider if the public sector is the best

partner for eHealth application developers, maybe the private sector could have more use of

and help develop more usable eHealth applications.

Abstract [sv]

Sjukvård i u-länder står inför många utmaningar, allt från brist på resurser och dålig

infrastruktur till överanvändning. Användningen av ICT inom sjukvården, eHealth, har setts

av många som en lösning på de utmaningar som sjukvården i utvecklingsländerna står inför.

Uganda har varit värd för ett stort antal av eHealth-projekt de senaste åren. Tyvärr verkar få

ha tagit de infrastrukturproblem som präglar den Ugandiska sjukvården i beaktning. Denna

rapport handlar om hur bristen på infrastruktur och datautbildning av den lokala

sjukvårdspersonalen påverkar användningen av eHealth vid två offentliga vårdcentraler och

en privat. Bristen på Internet, säkra lagringsutrymmen samt el påverkar allvarligt hållbarheten

av eHealth vid offentliga institutioner, detsamma gäller den medicinska personalens bristande

datorvana. Emellertid kan dessa problem lösas med utbildning och rätt utrustning. På grund

av de många icke-kompatibla eHealth-projekt som genomförs i Uganda efterlyser rapporten

en konsolidering av insatser och informationsspridning bland de hälsorelaterade

applikationsutvecklarna i Uganda. Dessutom kan det vara dags att ompröva om den offentliga

sektorn är den bästa partnern för eHealth-applikationsutvecklare, kanske den privata sektorn

skulle ha mer användning av samt bidra mer till utveckling av mer användbara eHealthapplikationer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Series
Trita-CSC-E, ISSN 1653-5715 ; 13:109
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-138002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-138002DiVA: diva2:680178
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
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Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2013-12-17Bibliographically approved

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