INTEGRATING AI INTO HEALTH INFORMATICS FOR ENHANCED PUBLIC HEALTH IN AFRICA: A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW

Authors

  • Obe Destiny Balogun Independent Researcher, Lima Ohio, USA
  • Oluwatoyin Ayo-Farai Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, USA
  • Oluwatosin Ogundairo Independent Researcher, USA
  • Chinedu Paschal Maduka Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria
  • Chiamaka Chinaemelum Okongwu Faculty of Community Health and Primary Care, Department of Public Health, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Abdulraheem Olaide Babarinde The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham Massachusetts, USA
  • Olamide Tolulope Sodamade Africa Voices HQ, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/imsrj.v3i3.643

Abstract

This study delves into the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the field of health informatics and its transformative effect on public health outcomes in Africa. It will cover how AI-driven solutions are being implemented to overcome challenges in disease surveillance, healthcare delivery, and public health policy. The paper aims to provide an in-depth analysis of current innovations, the effectiveness of these technological interventions, and their broader implications for health policy and management across the African continent. The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into health informatics holds transformative potential for enhancing public health in Africa. This comprehensive review explores the multifaceted applications, challenges, and opportunities associated with the convergence of AI and health informatics on the African continent. The review encompasses various domains, including disease surveillance, diagnostics, treatment optimization, and public health management. Key themes addressed in the review include the adoption of AI-driven technologies in healthcare, the impact on disease detection and monitoring, and the potential for improving healthcare accessibility in resource-constrained settings. Moreover, the ethical considerations, regulatory challenges, and disparities in technology adoption across diverse African regions are examined, providing insights into the complexities of implementing AI in the African public health landscape. Through an in-depth analysis of current initiatives, case studies, and emerging trends, this review aims to contribute a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating AI into health informatics for the advancement of public health in Africa. Ultimately, this exploration seeks to inform policymakers, healthcare professionals, and researchers on the critical role AI can play in addressing public health challenges on the continent and fostering sustainable healthcare solutions.

Keywords:  Artificial Intelligence, Health Informatics, Health Management, Africa, Review, Disease Surveillance.

Published

2023-12-13

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