Supporting the SA healthcare system with e-health technologies
Chetty leads CSIR research, development and implementation in the area of e-health. He also plays the role of key account manager to the National Department of Health on behalf of the CSIR. He completed a BSc in electronic engineering at the University of Durban-Westville. Chetty’s work focuses on the application of information and communication technologies to pertinent development imperatives such as education, healthcare and rural development.
About the talk: E-health, the application of information and communications technologies in healthcare, is viewed as imperative for the successful implementation of healthcare reforms such as South Africa’s re-engineering of its primary healthcare system and the development of a National Health Insurance.
However, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, has expressed his concern about the prevalence of manual health information systems in the public sector as well as the challenge regarding the lack of interoperability between existing electronic systems.
Chetty will provide an overview of current national e-health initiatives and discuss progress against the targets set in the National eHealth Strategy, which was published by the DoH in 2012. These initiatives include the Normative Standards Framework for eHealth, the implementation of a national patient registration system, Operation Phakisa to transform public sector clinics, the assessment of existing health information systems, and the launch of MomConnect. The CSIR is considered a strategic partner of the Department of Health and has been actively involved in all of these e-health initiatives.
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