ASSESSMENT OF IMPLEMENTATION OF ICT-BASED INNOVATIONS IN PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTERS IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA
Keywords:ICT-Based Innovations, Primary healthcare centres, Implementation Strategy, Nigeria healthcare delivery
This study examined the extent of use and factors influencing continued usage of recently adopted ICT-based innovations in the primary healthcare sector in Southwestern Nigeria. The study covered 30 registered primary healthcare centres selected from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States in Southwestern Nigeria using multistage sampling technique. Data were obtained using two sets of questionnaire along with interviews. The results showed 12 distinct types of ICT-based innovations recently adopted for use. These are; computer, phone and tracker, digital weight scale, centrifuge, nebulizer machine, digital blood pressure apparatus, digital thermometer, solar refrigerator, oxygen concentrator, digital microscope, Electronic Contraceptives App and DBS Fax result printer. Challenges of power supply and lack of technical skills by the healthcare professionals limited the use of some of the ICT-based innovations. Furthermore, the results showed that academic (F = 10.113, p<0.05) and professional qualifications (f = 0.698, p<0.05) were factors that influenced the implementation of the adopted ICT-based innovations. The study concludes that academic and professional training expose healthcare professionals to continued implementation of ICT-based innovations. Thus, healthcare professionals with higher professional qualifications should be given preference for employment. Otherwise, staff should be encouraged to acquire higher academic and professional qualifications. In addition, alternative sources of power should be provided to primary health Care centers.