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Wireless Communication Technology to Support Rural Primary Health Care Management In South Africa

  • 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.

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