The establishment and growth of network infrastructure in Africa, driven largely by a growing mobile operators covarage, has made cloud based systems increasingly viable. A number of countries have deployed cloud based healthcare solutions to enhance the quality of services provided to healthcare seekers. Not only are some solutions at national level, many are at clinic, hospital or program level.
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Cloud computing for healthcare consumers provokes key issues like security, privacy, reliability among others. Adopters must understand the unique benefits as well as risks associated with the technologies, so as to set realistic expectations with their cloud provider.
Various organizations that have deployed have had various decision paths, experiences various challenges and have success stories they can talk about. East Africa region, just like other
African countries has been making progress in cloud technology adoption but are experiencing various challenges including access, policy, skills and infrastructural issues like portability, integration .
The aim of the study was to provide guidance to help practitioners, decision makers and policy makers in East Africa not only evaluate cloud computing offerings taking into account different requirements of the actors such as medical practices, hospitals, research facilities, insurance companies and governments but also consider the socio-economic impact of these decisions.
By compiling and analysis real data available in the East African countries, the researchers aimed to communicate real prospects and challenges in the region.