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  • Will Apple revolutionize healthcare?

    John le Carré, author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy said he was “still making order out of chaos by reinvention.” It seems that Apple may have a similar opportunity. It’s set out in This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking.

    It’s found its next market for reinvention: mobile healthcare. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an application dubbed the Healthbook. Users can track data about many human functions, including blood capability, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and even weight.

    Arguably one of the initiatives unique applications is its ability to monitor blood capabilities. While the actual capabilities of the so-called Bloodwork section is currently vague, data suggests that the tab can present several different blood-related data points normally provided by healthcare professionals and bloodwork labs. Hospitals often track blood data in patient check-ups, looking at liver function, kidneys, thyroids, and the heart. The blood results are usually distributed to patients through printouts, emails, or faxes. Using the latest software and hardware technology, it seems that Apple wants to reinvent this process.

    Le Carré had strong views about perception. He said that, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world” Nobody can accuse Apple of starting from there, or of chaos.

  • Mozambique has Internet opportunities

    The Internet can help to transform a country’s social and economic development. With this in mind, a team of UK AID, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, (COMESA) and the Mozambique Regional Gateway Programme (MRGP) commissioned Unlocking the Potential of the Internet A Scoping Study in the Mozambique Regional Corridors of Beira and Nacala. Accenture completed the study. It has many investment recommendations, including:

    Develop a clear broadband strategy that:

    aligns each sub-sector’s efforts fosters greater local competition with improved infrastructure sharing regulation reduces the entry cost for new competitors with easier rights of way access to civil infrastructure.

    A research programme to:

    understand the Internet quality needs of small and medium businesses in each province use this for new service quality regulations.

    Test low cost technologies like “TV White Space” for its potential to provide quality connections in rural areas

    Test this technology with the Community Media Centre (CMC) network in the Beira and Nacala corridors

    Promote entry and setup of local production facilities of low cost computers

    Set up a scheme to provide subsidies or tax credits to small and medium enterprise’s to help them access Internet enabled equipment

    Support the Universal Access Fund to deploy its resources for affordable Internet access in rural areas

    Develop and utilise the Community Media Centre infrastructure as ICT labs to:

    train and build the population’s awareness investigate innovative Internet applications that improve SME productivity tailor it for use in Mozambique work with government to ensure there is adequate laws and regulations to protect online commerce users.

    Two challenges seem longstanding. Mozambique is 162 out of 169 countries on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) broadband index for Internet cost. It’s one of the most expensive countries globally. The second is that the “quality and stability of Internet connection is a critical hurdle to improve Internet penetration.” The second seems an intractable challenge in many parts of Africa.

  • Dr Wikipedia I presume? Or maybe I shouldn’t

    Dr Livingstone didn’t need the Internet to treat his patients. Henry Stanley didn’t need a Google Map to find him by Lake Tanganyika, then enquire with his masterful understatement of “Doctor Livingstone, I presume.” If it happened now, Stanley may go on to say something about his terrible affliction that he’s been looking up on the Internet, then direct Dr Livingstone in firming up the diagnosis and prescribing a treatment.

    With access to loads of material online, who do you now trust most, your doctor or the Internet? Osteopaths have been trying to find the best answer. The research team didn’t review the whole Internet or the whole range of healthcare. Who can? It compared the USA’s top ten most costly conditions defined by public and private expenditure with a corresponding Wikipedia article. A small team identified all assertions of facts then matched these to a literature search to determine the veracity of the Wikipedia entry.

    The findings are in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The report, Wikipedia vs Peer-Reviewed Medical Literature for Information About the 10 Most Costly Medical Conditions, says the researchers found a “statistically significant discordance between 9 of the 10 selected Wikipedia articles (coronary artery disease, lung cancer, major depressive disorder, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, back pain, and hyperlipidemia) and their corresponding peer-reviewed sources.”

    The numerous errors mean that people should be cautious using Wikipedia to answer questions about patient care. It seems that doctors and medical students are people in this context. The report says that between 47% and 70% use Wikipedia as a reference source, although its influence on medical decision-making is unclear. Does this mean that the choice between your doctor and Wikipedia has overlapping answers? It probably means that nothing’s changed since Dr Livingstone’s time, when Stanley advised him to read his letters before discussing the news; no email then.

  • Is data the core of the future?

    Eric J Topol is a cardiologist in the USA’s Scripps Research Institute, San Diego . He has a specific and imaginative view of future healthcare.  It’s set out in “Individualized Medicine from Prewomb to Tomb” in Cell.

    He sees a future of algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning at the centre of personalized medicine. For it to happen, healthcare needs to recruit, train and retain talented people with biocomputing and bioinformatic skills and knowledge.

    Topol concludes that there is a “disproportionate relationship between knowledge and implementation into clinical practice. For individualized medicine to take hold, it will require intensive, rigorous validation that these new approaches improve patient outcomes and are demonstrated to be cost effective. This proof will be essential for the medical community to embrace the opportunities but will also require educational programs that squarely address the knowledge chasm that currently exists for practicing physicians. A second theme is that our efforts have been largely sequence centric and have not adequately taken into account or integrated the data from other omics, no less biosensors and imaging. Related to this deficiency, there is a profound shortage of data scientists in biomedicine, with unparalleled opportunities to process enormous, high-yield data sets.”

    This is essential reading for Africans setting strategies for health and eHealth. If its excluded from strategies, a case is needed to show why. If it’s included, it leads to an affordable investment in change.

  • ZiDi helping Kenya achieve quality, affordable health care

    Kenya’s ICT Authority has named ZiDi™ the 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector category. ZiDi™ is an application that automates stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in health centre. The application was developed by MicroClinic Technologies with technical support from Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative. ZiDi™ is being piloted in six health centres and public dispensaries in Kenya that serves roughly 3,000 patients monthly.

    The initiative was cofounded in 2012 by Hoffman Moka Lantum and Mary Matu, who started ZiDi™ with the aim of tackling the administrative burdens faced by medical staff in dispensing health care at medical institutions.“ZiDi is trying to transform and bridge the digital divide in the health sector at a very fundamental level using the opportunity technology offers in the health space,” says Matu.

    ZiDi™ allows Kenya’s Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) to track how fast supplies are being used in health facilities to automatically replenish stocks long before they run out or expire. ZiDi™’s functionality also includes management of health centre charges and administration and running of institutions. Being an integrated hospital management system, all patients visiting health institutions running ZiDi™ are guaranteed of standardised, quality health care. ZiDi™ allows medical staff to administer a similar set of process flow to all patients.

    Although ZiDi™’s current role is in public healthcare centres, it’s equally as relevant to private health care providers, says Microsoft. ZiDi™ is all about relevant local innovation, with important lessons for other African countries wanting to strengthen their healthcare system.

  • Are PPPs the key to eLearning in Africa?

    Universal education seems to be a stubborn but to crack. eLearning has a lot to offer, but it also has barriers to progress.

    In April Microsoft co-chaired a round table discussion on the need for private and public partnerships (PPPs) to help deliver relevant, sustainable and scalable solutions that promote eLearning in Africa. PPP isn’t a free good. Eventually, an entity or people have to pay.

    The forum brought together representatives from many African governments and their respective ministries of education, multilaterals, ICT specialists, financial institutions and other private sector players.

    Participants had the opportunity to discuss connectivity and affordability challenges in rolling-out e-schools across the continent. Devices, connectivity and eLearning services were identified as some of the key barriers to promoting universal access to education.

    Speaking at the event, Louis Onyango Otieno said, “The goal of the round table is to take away outcomes and solutions that will ultimately help Africa achieve the MDG’s agenda for universal education by advocating for connectivity, access and services that are relevant and affordable.”

    There’s an equivalent need for health workers’ training and education, and eLearning has a role to play there too. If universal education advances, health workers education can advance too.

  • Analytics means better health insurance decisions'

    Health insurers and third party payers do more than just pay up. They’re keen to pay for effective and efficient healthcare too, and Big Data and analytics is helping them to do it. Healthcare IT News has commentaries from a few USA health insurers to find out how they’re using better data.

    As we all as looking for coding gaps, WellPoint now uses better data and more advanced algorithms to identify healthcare gaps and economies of scale that need fixing. It relies on traditional data mining for retrospective analysis of claims and a proactive analysis of care gaps.

    Highmark Health sees the challenge as influencing people’s behavior to promote better health and save money. Using text analytics, it can make sense of vast stores of unstructured data, not just information entered in a discrete format. They call it the “bag of words” method, where computers look for “term concurrence across multiple documents to search out patterns, such as evidence of patient dissatisfaction.” An example is the length of a nurse’s progress note often correlating with illness severity. Identifying patients with very detailed notes might help to prevent medication errors, escalation of acuity and hospital readmissions.

    Kaiser Permanente is both a massive healthcare system and health plan. Its EHR holds about 10 petabytes of data, so ideal for Big Data initiatives. The aim is to collect patient-reported outcomes after each encounter, including what patients’ social media comments, data from medical devices and patients’ satisfaction ratings.

    These expanded analytics examples from the USA show how executives in health and healthcare in Africa can start to improve their impact with the data they already have. As their data expands and improves, they’ll be able to use their sharpened analytic tools better.


  • Is it time to change passwords?

    Yahoo’s Tumblr has advised all users to change their passwords as precaution following the discovery of the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL.  It says it has no evidence of any breach and took immediate action to fix the issue, but it can’t overcome the risk that private information was accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit. It suggests that people change all their passwords, especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking. They may have compromised by the bug.

    Just as worrying is Tumblr’s comment that we’ll be “hearing more in the news over the coming days.”

  • Western Cape improves patient care with Datacentrix EPR

    Good eHealth experience lays a firm foundation for more eHealth investment. Western Cape Government’s (WCG) Department of Health (DoH) now has several successful years under the belt.  Datacentrix provides the DoH with its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) to create the Electronic Patient Record (EPR). WCG’s Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) uses Datacentrix’s case file management system too. The EPR provides a central repository for secure data capture and uses an indexing model for medical staff to access patient records quickly and easily using a few identifiers such as patient names and hospital numbers.

    Trish Dicks, strategic business development manager at Datacentrix’s says, “The DoH’s two drivers for the implementation of ECM at their health facilities are to ensure that patient information is accurately and completely recorded according to clinical, legal and ethical requirements, and that an efficient system is in place to archive and retrieve digital medical records or patient files.

    The EPR eliminates the movement of patient records through the institution, minimising lost files or missing content. Patient care teams have anywhere anytime access to scanned content in consulting rooms, doctors’ offices, OPDs and other health facilities. Dr Revere Thomson, Senior Executive Officer: Internal Medicine, says, “I have been using Datacentrix’s ECM solution remotely to access patient records. It all works well and I can browse the information on my iPhone or using my laptop”

    Dr Anwar Kharwa, Khayelitsha Hospital CEO says, “One of the major reasons for dissatisfaction within public sector hospitals and community health centres are the lengthy waiting times. Khayelitsha Hospital opened in January 2012 and patient file retrieval times in admissions have been reduced to zero as a result of doctors now being able to access them electronically.  In addition, the ECM project has help cut waiting times as doctors now have information about patients at hand before seeing them.”

    The EPR supports efficient running of, and reporting on the hospitals’ performance. Information extracted from the EPR provides functional teams, management groups, committees, task teams and other collaborative groupings with routine performance reports.

    The FPS has achieved significant efficiency gains and cost savings.  Omar Galant at UCT Medical School says, “We no longer print hundreds of autopsy photographs, instead the photos are loaded directly into the ECM Case File and a link is sent to the Forensic Officer to the electronic case file.”

    Electronic processing of claims has helped FPS to process overtime claims quicker, with less movement of paper, fewer multiple copies and a clear audit trail of approvals. Dion Bruinners, at FPS says, “Implementation of the workflow has definitely made us more cost effective, we are using significantly less paper”. 

    Datacentrix has won two new projects; deploying EPR in the new Mitchells Plain Hospital and a three-year contract to roll out ECM to hospitals and primary healthcare facilities.

  • This bug is a big one

    The latest servers’ security bug was found by researchers working for Google and security firm Codenomicon. It’s described on the torproject blog. It’s in OpenSSL CVE-2014-0160. Previous versions aren’t susceptible. The blog suggests that it affects many https webservers, and if strong anonymity or privacy on the Internet is a requirement, it may be better not to use the Internet at all for the next few days.

    The bug is in OpenSSL, a library in servers, operating systems, email and instant messaging systems. It’s goal in cyber-life is to protect sensitive data as it travels around the Internet. It seems that no one knows how widespread exploitation has been because the attacks leave no trace.

    OpenSSL is used in open source providers Apache and Nginx in server software, so it’s a big-scale vulnerability.

    Statistics from net monitoring firm Netcraft statistics say over half the web’s servers that host more than 500 million websites run these programs. Initially, it wasn’t clear how many of servers use the vulnerable versions of OpenSSL. What is known is that the bug allowed attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data the services and users and impersonate services and users. OpenSSL versions released on 7 April had the bug fixed.

  • Samsung’s Digital Village open for business

    Samsung has officially handed over its keys to the Digital Village in South Africa which aims to improve the lives of millions of Africans through renewable and environmentally sustainable solutions. It harnesses the sun’s power.

    Samsung’s Digital Village model addresses one of Africa’s most pressing economic challenges – electricity.  Fewer than 25% of rural areas on the continent benefit from electricity. The result is isolated communities with limited access to education, healthcare and connectivity, all of which are vital for socio-economic development.

    The Digital Village comprises:

    A Solar Powered Internet School A Solar Power Generator  A Solar Powered Health A Solar Powered Tele-Medical Centre  A Solar Powered Admin Centre

    “We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves in Africa: to positively impact five million lives by 2015,” says Sung Yong Hong, President and CEO of Samsung Africa. “Good health is at the centre of one’s well being and impacts society at a fundamental level. It affects a child’s ability to learn at full potential, and adults’ ability to provide for their families. This is why we have complemented our strong focus on education with a focus on quality healthcare.”

    African countries need more of this type of renewable and affordable innovative solutions to address the gap in education in Healthcare.

  • Device management is key for mobile security

    Mobile security is no longer enough. According to Richard Broeke, an ICT security expert at Securicom, companies are going to have to move to a Mobile Device Management (MDM) approach if they are going to embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) without compromising information security.

    Its no secret that BYOD gives rise to a complex set of security risks. Broeke says that these cannot be adequately-addressed with disparately-applied mobile device security technologies. Mobile security and mobile device management is not the same thing. In fact there is a big difference.

    “BYOD is increasingly allowed in today’s business environments. It’s an approach that allows companies to cost-effectively empower people to work-on-the-go using their own devices of choice. Even if employees have some sort of mobile security software running on their devices, it’s not enough. Disparately-installed security technologies aren’t capable of protecting and managing a company’s intellectual property housed on devices. They simply cannot deliver the necessary level of control to manage how data is stored and used on employee devices.”

    Mobile security technologies are typically designed to protect the device against malware such as viruses. But, they aren’t geared towards protecting the data that is stored on the phone from unauthorized access or use.

    With an effective MDM solution, companies can enforce basic security requirements, such as virus protection, and also control how, when and by whom sensitive data is transferred and used on mobile devices. Employees not authorized to process or store sensitive information on their personally-owned devices can be prevented from doing so.

    This means that companies can effectively and efficiently empower employees to work and connect with their own devices, while controlling their network and data security.

  • Mainframes aren’t dinosaurs

    On 7 April 1964, IBM launched its System 360 into the world of work. Computer News Middle East (CNME) has a full report on its history and life. It took about three years to develop. It was very successful for IBM and changed the computing concept.

    The 360 had a common architecture shared among lower-end, less expensive machines and the priciest high-speed models. The top-end models would perform 40 times faster than the low-end models. Applying architecture to computer design was a revolution in the early 1960s. It enabled compatibility between different models.

    It spawned Amdahl’s Law, the performance gains that come from breaking a computer task into parallel operations is offset by the additional overhead incurred by managing multiple threads. Brooks’ Law came from it too. In the “The Mythical Man Month,” the Law said that adding more people to a software development project can slow development of the software because of the additional burden of managing the extra people.

    IBM has kept the mainframe relevant for current needs. It improved price:performance ratios so that mainframe computing remains viable. There have been many claims that the mainframe was dead, and replaced by minicomputers or servers. It seems that the new technologies have extended with the mainframe as the backbone.

  • IOp for medical devices may have big benefits

    West Health Institute is claiming big benefits for interoperability (IOp) for medical devices. Its report“Improving patient care with more than $30 billion in annual health care savings” says that benefits of US$30 to 40 billion may be feasible with set up costs of between US$6 to 10 billion and maintenance costs of 15% a year. The benefits arise mainly from an IOp backlog. Only about one third of hospitals use IOp to integrate medical devices into their information structure, but often only three devices when they use more than five that could integrate.

    Benefits arise from reduced waste and greater efficiency. They include fewer adverse drug events (ADE), clinical time-savings, shorter lengths of stay (LOS), expanded data sources for analytics and sub-optimal patient care.

    Affordability is a big constraint for the initiative. Even USA healthcare isn’t immune from it.

    As mHealth expands in Africa, extended IOp could become more important. It’s worth including it in strategies and plans now.

  • My Healthline: Cameroon's first healthcare hotline

    With two doctors per 10,000 and 50% of the population living in rural areas, access to healthcare is difficult in Cameroon. Help may be on the way.

    In an attempt to help close the gap and meet healthcare demands, Orange has set up My Healthline, a healthcare hotline. Orange customers can access personalized advice on a number of health issues including contraception, HIV / AIDS, sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Users can text 929 between 8.00 am and 10.00 pm seven days a week for advice from specialists within an hour.

    Orange will transmit all questions to Cameroonian nurses and doctors. After analysis, Orange sends the healthcare professionals’ answers back to the users. The service will provide customers with reliable medical information at minimal cost (XOF 200 per text message, i.e. EUR 0.25).

    My Healthline allows for anonymity and confidentiality and covers topics often thought of as taboo. The service is to be provided in French, English and Pidgin.

    Orange aims to expand My Healthline to other sub-Saharan African countries and extend the scope of questions they are capable of dealing with.

  • Are all EHRs good EHRs?

    Not all doctors and other healthcare professionals see EHRs as beneficial. It seems that some don’t save time with their EHRs, they need extra time. A report of a survey in Health Affairs Blog says that policy makers and professional organizations are increasingly concerned about user satisfaction.

    A study of professional satisfaction in 30 USA practices found that EHRs offer:

    Perceived ability to deliver high-quality patient care Reasonable control over the work environment, pace, and content Sharing clinical values with organizational leadership Respectful professional relationships Incomes perceived as predictable and fair.

    Physicians also reported some negative effects of current EHRs on their professional lives and patient care:

    Poor EHR usability does not match clinical workflows Creates time-consuming data entry Interferes with face-to-face patient care Sends an overwhelming numbers of electronic messages and alerts Perform tasks that are more efficient by clerks and transcriptionists.

    The inability of EHRs to exchange health information electronically was deeply disappointing to physicians. Instead, some still fax medical documents from outside providers.  Physicians also expressed concerns about potential misuse of template-based notes with pre-formatted, computer-generated text. Using them can improve the efficiency for data entry when used appropriately, but there inappropriate use contain extraneous and inaccurate information about patients’ clinical histories, leading some physicians to question reliability of these types of medical records. On the money aspects, they see EHRs as significantly more expensive than planned, creating uncertainties about their sustainability.

    The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is undertaking a multi-stakeholder effort to deal with the EHR issues. It includes:

    Organizing and leading work with EHR vendors and user communities to improve usability Helping physicians become better purchasers and EHR users to increase practice efficiency and augment direct physician-patient time Keep working with federal regulators, such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to address usability concerns and resolve problems with the details and pace of certifying EHR systems Working to reduce the number and pace of EHR requirements that vendors must satisfy for certification Working with policymakers and others concerned about institutional liability to liberalize the ability to use office support personnel to reduce physician clerical needed to use EHRs.

    Whilst EHRs can have considerable value and benefits, African countries need to establish physicians and other health professionals value their EHR solutions. The Health Affairs Blog highlights the essential role of continuous engagement with healthcare professionals from the first decisions to consider EHRs and beyond procurement and implementation and into benefits realisation. This is just as important as the ICT bits.

  • XP users might find it worse than the Ides of March

    Julius Caesar never used Microsoft, but it didn’t stop the Soothsayer telling him to “Beware the Ides of March.” Luckily, we’re a few weeks passed it, but there’s an equivalent looming. On 9th April, Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows XP. Any computer running XP after this date is vulnerable to security breaches. Like Caser’s disillusioned comrades, it seems that hackers are gearing up, knowing that Microsoft won’t block their attempts after this date.

    Zybert Computing has a blog on the dangers. CC Communications is concerned too. It says that people running Windows XP have seven reasons to worry:

    Tons of viruses. There is a huge library of viruses aimed at Windows XP and antivirus support is becoming more and more limited every day XP is very old, nearly twelve years old. The first iPod emerged in the same year as Windows XP. Now that we have the fifth iPhone, no one should be left using an Operating System that predates the first iPod Least secure operating system by far. All other platforms, including Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, OS X and Linux are more secure than XP by a huge margin. Windows Vista is also a safer option Built for a simpler time. XP entered a technology much simpler than todays. It was formatted to fit to a screen only 640 pixels wide, and showcased Internet Explorer 6 as a new product. The Internet was a different place when XP was developed. There were no smart phones, laptops were a luxury and tablet computers were science fiction No more band-aids. Only so many band-aid fixes on top of each other can be effective Support is ending. All XP support ends on 9 April 2014. It’s time to replace, or upgrade computers now to a new, fast PC with no pop-ups, viruses or other nuisances Malware’s everywhere. XP can still be used, but with more malware than ever, XP is by far the most vulnerable platform to connect to the Internet.

    Caesar’s alleged famous quote was “veni, vidi vici,” (vvv), which was quite smart some 2000 years before www, but it didn’t do him a lot of good. He suffered multiple attacks, and died, hacked to pieces, a couple of years later, on the Ides of March. He did set in train the switch from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire, and his heir, Augustus, drove it on and added the Pax Romana. If Augustus had been an XP user, he’d have switched to something up-to-date by now. Now there’s a role model for Africa.


  • Server clocks are hackers’ targets

    It looks as though William Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote “Nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence.” An international team has nearly fixed it.

    After months of increasing attacks on unprotected clocks in servers, a global initiative aims to fight back and secure them against hackers. A report on the BBC technology website says that about 93% of the vulnerable servers now have patches that secure them. Without them, hackers can use the unprotected servers’ clocks to swamp target computers with huge amounts of data, clogging them up. The attacks can generate hundreds of gigabits of traffic each second.

    The Derp Trolling hacker group was behind the attack that prompted international action. It picked out servers for the League of Legends, a popular online game, and exploited weaknesses in older versions of the software underlying the network time protocol (NTP). The attack is an “NTP reflection”. It used several thousand poorly configured computers handling NTP requests to send data to the League of Legend servers. An estimated 1.6 million NTP servers were vulnerable.

    Precise timings are vital to the Internet’s stability. Are there similar vulnerabilities in African eHealth services? Maybe Roald Dahl was more right than Shakespeare when he wrote “We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.” Derp Trolling’s attempts seem to have been reversed, for now.

  • New research and innovation hub for Kenya

    Royal Philips has announced the opening of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The Innovation Hub will work with international researchers and developers to create new inventions and bring these to market.

    The hub will focus on addressing key challenges such as improving access to lighting and affordable healthcare. Some of the innovations that Philips was already working on has been absorbed by the Innovation Hub. One of these is the Respiratory rate monitor to support pneumonia diagnosis.

    The hub is working on the development and clinical testing of a robust and affordable Automated Respiratory Rate Monitor that supports the diagnosis of pneumonia among infants and children. The device uses smart sensing technology, especially for use by community health workers and nurses in rural areas. Discussions are already underway with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to develop this project and co-create a solution tailored to Africa’s needs and circumstances.

  • More time to submit abstracts for AHILA 14

    The 14th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) and (AIBSA) is now 1 May 2014. The limit is 500 words. The event is Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 20th -24th October, 2014.

    The main theme is ICTs, Access and Knowledge: building strong knowledge societies for sustainable development in Africa. The sub-themes are:

    ICTs, health information and knowledge management systems for sustainable development Health information literacy and information behaviour Social media networking and dissemination of health information and knowledge: its contribution to creating knowledge societies Capacity building of health information professionals: the role of Libraries and Information Science (LIS) education in Africa Capacity building of Health Information Professionals and the role of LIS education in Africa

    The Congress includes the 2nd Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) International Conference. Delegates will review progress HIFA’s launch AHILA 10 in Mombasa, Kenya in 2006. It aims to accelerate progress towards HIFA2015 in Africa and worldwide.