Internet of Things: An Approach to Enhance Healthcare Quality in Nigeria
|© 2021 by IJCTT Journal|
|Year of Publication : 2021|
|Authors : Akaninyene Udo Ntuen, Nonye Emmanuel Maidoh, Oliver Okechukwu, Edward Uche-Nwachi|
|DOI : 10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V69I11P104|
How to Cite?
Akaninyene Udo Ntuen, Nonye Emmanuel Maidoh, Oliver Okechukwu, Edward Uche-Nwachi, "Internet of Things: An Approach to Enhance Healthcare Quality in Nigeria," International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 22-28, 2021. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V69I11P104
Internet of Things (IoT) would be a gamechanger for the healthcare sector in Nigeria as it can sense, process, and communicate patients’ biological and physical parameters with caregivers. The study aims to investigate how the deployment of IoT in the Nigerian healthcare system can help improve the quality of healthcare. The study adopts a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods of research to gather the needed data. The findings reveal that deploying IoT in the Nigerian healthcare sector has many benefits, including easy access to patients’ records regardless of time and location, minimizing medical errors, better decisionmaking, and lower treatment costs. However, privacy and security are found to be the major threats, while the requirements for constant power supply and high-speed Internet connection are the major challenges. Since the problems relating to threats and challenges of deploying IoT in the Nigerian healthcare industry can be mitigated based on the study suggestions, we therefore strongly recommend the adoption and implementation of IoT in the Nigerian healthcare system, which has highlighted the benefits. This development would greatly enhance quality healthcare in the Nigerian healthcare industry and benefit healthcare stakeholders and researchers.
Healthcare, IoT, Remote healthcare monitoring, Sensors, Smart hospital.
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