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A short overview of some of the e-Health research projects by Prof Darelle van Greunen at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.

A short overview of some of the e-Health research projects by Prof Darelle van Greunen at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.

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  • 1. e-Health A long and healthy life for all South Africans Prof  Darelle  van  Greunen   School  of  ICT   EBEIT   29  May  2013  
  • 2. What  is  e-­‐Health?     “the  cost-­‐effec(ve  and  secure  use  of  informa=on  and   communica=ons   technologies   in   support   of   health   and   health-­‐related   fields,   including   healthcare   services,   health   surveillance,   health   literature,   and   health  educa=on,  knowledge  and  research”                      [World  Health  Organisa=on,  2005]    
  • 3. e-­‐Health  Strategy  of  South  Africa   •  Adopted  by  Na=onal  Dept  of  Health:  2012   –  A  long  and  healthy  life  for  all  South  Africans   •  10  Priori=es   –  Priority  7:    Capacity  building  and  workforce   –  Priority  9:    Applica=ons  and  tools  to  support   healthcare  delivery   –  Priority  10:    Monitoring  and  evalua=on  of  the  e-­‐ Health  Strategy   •  Globally,  Informa=on  and  Communica=on   Technology  (ICT)  has  emerged  as  a  cri=cal   enabling  mechanism  to  achieve  these.  
  • 4. e-­‐Health  at  NMMU  -­‐  the  present   •  Living  Labs   –  HIV  and  Aids   –  TB   –  Diabetes   –  Nutri=on   –  Child  health   •  Loca=ons   –  Motherwell   –  Gelvandale   –  Chris  Hani  district  (Cofimvaba)  
  • 5. A  glimpse  of  the  Projects   •  Mobile  health  applica=on  to   support  home  base  carers   –  Pa=ent  and  household   management  and  monitoring   •  e-­‐Impilo   –  Mobile  applica=ons  to  improve   access  to  school  healthcare  and   health  educa=on  based  on  the   needs  of  the  schools    
  • 6. e-­‐Health  at  NMMU  -­‐  the  future   •  Web  portals   –  HIV  and  Aids  Educa=on   –  TB  Educa=on   –  Diabetes  Educa=on   –  Nutri=on  Educa=on   •  Medica=on  adherence  via  mobile  applica=ons   and  medical  devices  [chronic  diseases]   •  Health  Informa=cs   –  Electronic  Pa=ent  Records   –  Electronic  Health  Records   –  Standards  and  data  interoperability  
  • 7. Relevant  Research  Areas   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  The  impact  of  e-­‐Health  interven=ons  on  the  burden  of  disease   e-­‐Health  interven=ons  and  health  outcomes     E-­‐Health  economics     Factors  that  influence  successful  e-­‐Health  implementa=on   Interoperability  and  integrated  care   The  challenges  of  security  and  confiden=ality   e-­‐Health:    pa=ent  behaviour  and  the  pa=ent-­‐clinician  rela=onship   Innova=ve  solu=ons  for  low  resource  se^ngs   e-­‐Health  media  (e.g.  mobile  phones,  web  communi=es,  social  media)   ICT  for  healthcare  service  delivery   Distant  health  service  delivery     Safety  implica=ons  of  using  e-­‐Health  
  • 8. In  Summary   E-­‐Health  will  support:   •  The  successful  implementa=on  of  a  NHI  in   South  Africa;   •  The  reduc=on  of  burden  of  disease;   •  Improved  healthcare  service  delivery;   •  Health  system  strengthening;   •  Capacity  building;   •  Innova=on.