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Connected healthcare to improve delivery in Africa

JOHANNESBURG – GOVERNMENTS and stakeholders in the continent have been encouraged to adopt innovation technologies to deliver quality and affordable health services.

Such proposed technologies include mobile disease tracking, remote diagnoses of patients with the help of technology, clinical insights, integrated medical business process and connected healthcare network facilities software.

Charmaine Odendaal, Healthcare Industry Lead at SAP Africa, the software company, says to deliver continued improvements to Africa’s beleaguered healthcare environment, healthcare has to be holistically transformed, with technology and digitisation playing a vital role.

Odendaal said like elsewhere in the world, Africa will undoubtedly benefit from a healthcare network that efficiently connects patients, doctors, health insurance, pharmaceutical, pathology labs and governments.

“Across the globe, healthcare facilities are faced with the challenge of escalating volumes of data, yet they have insufficient if not zero access to the medical insights that this data could provide in delivering accurate patient care,” says Odendaal.

She pointed out there is huge potential to change this scenario.

“A connected health platform has the capability to link quality clinical and patient information to produce medical insights that can be used for proactive patient care across healthcare facilities.”

Healthcare technology is becoming a key enabler to solving the delivery of
healthcare services – from chronic health monitoring, disease tracking and hospital administration, billing and managing medical supplies of equipment’s and drugs.

Africa has some unique challenges, with most of the population still living in poverty, a lack of adequate government funding, inefficient pharmaceutical supplies and distribution and a shortage of professional healthcare skills and infrastructure.

Communicable diseases are still a major issue in Africa. They are on the rise with the ever growing middle class.

Healthcare stakeholders including doctors, patients, pharmaceuticals and medical laboratory often do not have access to the right information at the right time to effectively drive proactive management, tracking and monitoring of Africa’s health.

– CAJ News




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