Digital health and health equity: How digital health can address healthcare disparities and improve access to quality care in Africa

Health Promot Perspect. 2024 Mar 14;14(1):3-8. doi: 10.34172/hpp.42822. eCollection 2024 Mar.


The healthcare industry is constantly evolving to bridge the inequality gap and provide precision care to its diverse population. One of these approaches is the integration of digital health tools into healthcare delivery. Significant milestones such as reduced maternal mortality, rising and rapidly proliferating health tech start-ups, and the use of drones and smart devices for remote health service delivery, among others, have been reported. However, limited access to family planning, migration of health professionals, climate change, gender inequity, increased urbanization, and poor integration of private health firms into healthcare delivery rubrics continue to impair the attainment of universal health coverage and health equity. Health policy development for an integrated health system without stigma, addressing inequalities of all forms, should be implemented. Telehealth promotion, increased access to infrastructure, international collaborations, and investment in health interventions should be continuously advocated to upscale the current health landscape and achieve health equity.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence (AI); Digital health; Digital innovations; Health disparities; Health equity; Healthcare delivery.

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