Status and Development of Clinical Informatics in Nigeria’s Health Care Sector

  • K. A. Owolabi Department of Library Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • I. O. Agboola Department of Library Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • M. K. Alawiye Department of Library Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Keywords: Social informatics, clinical informatics

Abstract

This paper examines the status and development of clinical informatics in the Nigerian health care sector, highlighting the efforts to promote access to and the use of clinical informatics in Nigeria’s health care sector. In a recent survey of major international research databases such as Scopus, it was observed that there is a gap in knowledge on clinical informatics in the country healthcare facilities in Nigeria due to a paucity of literature on clinical informatics.
Through a literature review, the paper provides a conceptual background of clinical informatics, discusses the status of clinical informatics in Nigeria, and highlights ICT access and use in the healthcare sectors. It also examines the challenges and opportunities of clinical informatics in Nigeria. The last part of the paper discusses the implications of the reviewed literature through a PEST analysis. The paper provides invaluable information on clinical informatics in Nigeria that can be used to inform and support further studies in this growing field. The paper is a contribution to discussions and debates on the development of social informatics.

Published
2018-06-30
Section
Articles