Implementation and evaluation of a smartphone teleconsultation system for acute burn injury care in resource-poor settings | ISAC

Collaboration between ISAC members and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Department of Emergency Medicine and Stellenbosch University, Division of Emergency Medicine, South Africa.

Purpose and aims

The purpose of this project is to improve the management of, and outcomes from, burn injuries in resource-poor settings using mobile communication technology (mHealth). This, in turn, will contribute to reduce burn-related mortality and morbidity and to the creation of equitable and sustainable development through more accessible, evidence-based and cost-effective burn injury care for all.

This study concerns the care of patients at the point of entry into the health care system, emergency care. The function of emergency care is to provide definitive care for those who do not need admission, or to help patients who are more seriously ill or injured transition safely into the hospital setting. The primary research aim of the project is therefore to assess how mHealth for acute burn injury care can impact on the delivery of emergency care for burns victims, both in terms of clinical management and site of care. Intermediate aims are to assess the clinical quality, clinical outcomes, and the user perspective of the mHealth system.

Grant from the Swedish Research council for a period of 3 years (January 2016 – December 2018).

Contact person for the project

Marie Hasselberg

Professor
K9 Department of Global Public Health