Research and Markets: Healthcare ICT Market in Africa 2012-2016 with GE Healthcare Ltd., InterSystems Corp., Philips Healthcare, and Siemens Dominating

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TechNavio's analysts forecast the Healthcare ICT market in Africa to grow at a CAGR of 9.53 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to the growth of the market is the increasing government support. The Healthcare ICT market in Africa has also been witnessing an increased adoption of mobile in healthcare. However, increasing security concerns among potential end-users could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

The other vendors mentioned in the report are T-Systems Enterprise Services GmbH, Medical Information Tech Inc., Trifour Healthcare Ltd., Agfa-Gevart NV, Carestream Health Inc., Mediware Information System Inc., Gijima Group Ltd., and Bytes Technology Group Ltd.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from TechNavio's IT Services team said: ''Mobile healthcare could help healthcare organizations reduce costs related to prolonged diseases, while simultaneously improving the quality of patient care. Examples of mobile healthcare include using text messaging services to send information and reminders to patients; remote patient monitoring, which involves sending data electronically to a healthcare provider; and mobile health applications. Currently, researchers in Africa are working on developing a smartphone that has the capability to carry out AIDS tests for use in rural areas, which are most affected by this disease. The idea is to obtain images through a smartphone using applications that can photograph and analyze samples, thereby eliminating the need for laboratory experiments. Thus, considering the current developments, the adoption of mobile healthcare is expected to increase during the forecast period.''

According to the report, one of the major drivers is the increasing government support in many countries. The governments of various countries in Africa are trying to achieve cohesive healthcare delivery structures to improve the overall quality of patient care. The various initiatives taken by these governments include providing policy incentives, establishing high-tech zones, and providing development funding.

Further, the report discusses that one of the major concerns among healthcare organizations today is the lack of sufficient security solutions to protect patient information.

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