Country of Operation
- University of the Witwatersrand, JohannesburgNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThis project uses Telematics, the transfer of video data via computer, to connect a peripheral South African hospital and the Johannesburg Hospital.
E-mail and access to health information systems have an important role from an educational point of view, however the transfer of patient data for specialist opinion could provide invaluable support for doctors and benefit individual patients in isolated primary and secondary health care institutions.
Key program components
Computer /video conferencing systems linking medical centres by land-line could allow data transmission between any hospital with a computer and a telephone. The goal of this project would be initiate a pilot project linking a peripheral hospital and the Johannesburg Hospital. This project would be foster a telematics-assisted cooperative work for health care professionals through telediagnostics, teleconsultation and emergency telemedicine. It would involve collaborative efforts in the interpretation of data in order to assist in the more rapid management or disposal of hospitalized patients or in some cases to avoid the necessity for admission. A hoped-for by-product would be continuing medical education for the personnel involved in the project. Once all the technical difficulties have been sorted out and we have more experience with using the equipment, the project will extended to include rural hospitals such as Tinswalo in Mpumalanga in South Africa.