- Year: 2007
- Author: Dikweni, Lulama; Hanmer, Lynn A; Ghiassi-Razavi, Jalal; Minnaar, Jean Jacques
- Journal Name: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics; Building Sustainable Health Systems
- Publisher: IOS Press
- Published Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- ISBN: 9781586037741
- Country: South Africa
The aim of this study is to investigate the potential of wireless communication technology to improve in rural primary health care services. A cell-phone-based patient tracking system for use by home-based carers and a basic electronic clinic patient record system are being implemented in two sites. Summary data from the clinic patient database is transmitted wirelessly to a central database. Preliminary results indicate that electronic information systems have the potential to improve communication between clinic staff, home-based carers and sub-district managers.