LISBON - Africa has achieved great advances of late in catching up with nations in the ‘Global North’ in access to quality, affordable healthcare on the coattails of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Much remains to be done, but this article cites several noteworthy trends that light the way toward countries in the second-largest continent achieving parity with their wealthier counterparts in other areas of the world.
AI in healthcare
Precedence Research forecasts the global market for AI in healthcare to top USD20 million at some point in 2023. This comes after a 2020 study published in the Frontiers in Digital Health Journal, which indicated that AI implementations in healthcare could help save up to USD150 billion by 2026.
A Financial Times report notes that AI is genuinely helpful in helping remote and under-resourced settings in Africa overcome their healthcare challenges. Notably, the advent of mobile technology, cloud computing, and electronic health records have enabled a clear-cut pathway in healthcare delivery to close the gaps in health outcomes between Africa and other regions worldwide with more developed health systems.
The Council for Science and Industrial Research in South Africa used an expert AI system to identify environmental preconditions that would lead to cholera outbreaks in southern Africa. A mobile phone application also helped healthcare professionals identify children at risk of birth asphyxiThe content herein is subject to copyright by The Yuan. All rights reserved. The content of the services is owned or licensed to The Yuan. Such content from The Yuan may be shared and reprinted but must clearly identify The Yuan as its original source. Content from a third-party copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in such third party’s content appearing in The Yuan must likewise be clearly labeled as such.