Seminar on implementation of EHRs and mobile technology in South Africa
The reality of Electronic Health Record systems and Mobile Technology in Africa and in particular the OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
In this presentation, Graham Wright will give an overview of the use of EHR’s, mobile technology and the realities of patient data in rural clinics in Africa. The talk will cover some of the research conducted by his team over the last decade in the former Transkei area surrounding Mthatha in the Easter Cape where President Nelson Mandela lived until his death in December 2013. The Province of Eastern Cape is an area of land that constitutes 13% of the land surface of the Republic of South Africa. It serves a population of 7,130,480 with the following resources-: x 92 Hospitals, x 28 Community Health Centres, and x 711 clinics.
Although advanced Information Communication Technology is available in many urban healthcare institutions, most rural facilities do not even have computer technology. On the other hand, mobile phone technology (e.g. 3G and 4G technologies) is widely used across the country. The picture is similar in many African Counties; with many leap-frogging computers to adopt telephone technology.
Professor Graham Wright is the director of Centre for Health Informatics Research and Development and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences University of Fort Hare, South AfricaContact person: Sabine Koch