R/€ = 13.14
R/$ = 12.05
Au 1200.03 $/oz
Pt 1139.50 $/oz
Feb 01, 2005
Wireless technology to speeds up Sita service deliveryBack
© Reuse this In a move that leapfrogs the use of information communications technology (ICT) to enhance service delivery, State Information Technology Agency (Sita), in partnership with the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), has successfully completed a pilot project that involves the use of cellular phone technology in medical services administration.
The project will be implemented in disadvantaged rural areas that do not have fixed telephone line or Internet access to enable doctors to check prescriptions against nationally determined protocols and to obtain blood results from laboratories, among others.
The pilots were conducted with success at two government sites, the HIV/Aids clinics at the Helen Joseph Hospital's adult section and Johannesburg General Hospital's paediatric section.
The project aims to provide a value-add platform for mobile data and transaction exchange to the Department of Health.
“The success of the two pilot sites is indicative of the value that this system would add in the implementation of health services to the majority of South Africans, especially with the ever-increasing number of mobile phone users countrywide face,” said Health Department CIO Dr Shaheen Khotu.
“Mobile and wireless technology offer a significant opportunity to take public service delivery to new heights, while responding to the challenges government faces in the delivery of health services to even the most far-flung regions of our country. With the growing number of South Africans using mobile phones, this project, would be a success story, once rolled out countrywide,” said Sita GM for research and development Dr McKay Motshabi.
Although the system is a standalone, it can interface with the National Health Laboratory Records and other hospital systems such as Medicom and Patient Administration and Billing (PAAB) once complete, and the application is successfully operating in a 'live' mode.
Edited by: jenny furness© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus...
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is building 502 rental housing units, valued at R200-million, in Dobsonville, Soweto, which are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...