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Innovation and Entrepreneurship for eHealth in Africa: A Conceptual Framework

Author: Dr. Adesina Iluyemi, Dr. Jakob Rasmussen
Organisation: Proceedings of the Second Science with Africa Conference – 2010
Publish Date: 2010
Country: Africa
Sector: Health
Theme: ICT
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: eHealth, Africa, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Mobile technology, Wireless technology, Health

User-led service design and development present new solutions for existing challenges to innovation, development and growth. In this paper is proposed a model for using user-driven innovation and mobile/wireless technologies to address some of the major challenges on the African continent in health services and products. As existing mobile health projects in Africa are finding it difficult to achieve sustainability, new measures are required that create real and self-sustainable economic systems for local small and medium-sized enterprises. The model proposed here involves stimulating demand and lowering barriers to innovation through user-driven innovation and early adaptation in lead markets, defined as the ‘living labs’ methodology. This approach has been piloted in rural regions in India and South Africa, and through the ‘mAfrica’ project, the approach will now be piloted on a broader scale in sub-Saharan Africa.
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