The future of smart implants towards personalized and pervasive healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, barriers and policy recommendations

Abstract:

Smart implants continue to evolve, posing tremendous opportunities to move towards personalized and pervasive

healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, the adoption of smart implants is still nascent in SSA despite

their tremendous benefits and the increasing demand to provide pervasive and personalized healthcare. There-

fore, this study aimed to provide a comprehensive analysis of opportunities and potential challenges associated

with the adoption of smart implants in SSA health systems as well as policy recommendations. The study adopted

the PRISMA model to search and synthesize published literature about general implants and smart implants in

SSA. The study revealed that smart implants present tremendous benefits including remote monitoring of patients,

data management, disease diagnosis and treatment, monitoring of drug adherence, and effective family planning

methods to reduce unplanned pregnancies. However, the adoption of smart implants faces implementation

challenges such as poor technological infrastructure, cultural and religious barriers, health consequences and

clinical challenges, legal and policy barriers, lack of manufacturing manpower, potential resistance by regulatory

authorities and users, lack of political will and funding, data privacy and security concerns. Nonetheless, there is a

need for SSA countries to develop strategies that will strengthen current implant services to stimulate the

manufacturing of smart implants. This can be achieved through funding, public-private partnerships, training of

healthcare professionals, sensitizing communities, increasing community engagement and most importantly the

development of strategies and policies that will regulate the use of smart implants in healthcare settings. There is

a need to investigate the privacy and security implications of smart implants in the provision of pervasive

healthcare services.

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APA

Elliot, G (2024). The future of smart implants towards personalized and pervasive healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, barriers and policy recommendations. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-future-of-smart-implants-towards-personalized-and-pervasive-healthcare-in-sub-saharan-africa-opportunities-barriers-and-policy-recommendations

MLA 8th

Elliot, Gaobotse "The future of smart implants towards personalized and pervasive healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, barriers and policy recommendations" Afribary. Afribary, 30 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/the-future-of-smart-implants-towards-personalized-and-pervasive-healthcare-in-sub-saharan-africa-opportunities-barriers-and-policy-recommendations. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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Elliot, Gaobotse . "The future of smart implants towards personalized and pervasive healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, barriers and policy recommendations". Afribary, Afribary, 30 Mar. 2024. Web. 25 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-future-of-smart-implants-towards-personalized-and-pervasive-healthcare-in-sub-saharan-africa-opportunities-barriers-and-policy-recommendations >.

Chicago

Elliot, Gaobotse . "The future of smart implants towards personalized and pervasive healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, barriers and policy recommendations" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-future-of-smart-implants-towards-personalized-and-pervasive-healthcare-in-sub-saharan-africa-opportunities-barriers-and-policy-recommendations