Trans­form­ing pub­lic health

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Her­man Mashaba and MMC for Health and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Dr Mpho Pha­latse hon­oured their half-a-mil­lionth reg­is­trant Nomhle Nt­sizana award­ing her a cer­tifi­cate.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg reached 500 000 pa­tients that have reg­is­tered on the Elec­tronic Health Record (EHR) Sys­tem called [email protected]

This is a mile­stone in the his­tory of elec­tronic health records. Pa­tient num­ber 500 000, Ms. Nomhle Nt­sizana was suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered on the eHealth sys­tem at Half­way House Clinic.

“We are happy to re­port that this is the high­est

num­ber of pa­tients ever cap­tured on the sys­tem in pub­lic health in Africa. This is some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing and also serves as ev­i­dence that the City is trans­form­ing the face of pub­lic health” said MMC Pha­latse.

Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances, eco­nomic in­vest­ment, as well as so­cial and cul­tural changes are con­tribut­ing to the re­al­iza­tion that health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment de­part­ments must now in­te­grate tech­nol­ogy into its way of do­ing busi­ness. The daily busi­ness of health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment from all its as­pects - from in­di­vid­ual care to so­cial ser­vices - re­lies on in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion and, in­creas­ingly, on the tech­nolo­gies that en­able it, at ev­ery level and in ev­ery re­gion.

The City has ex­tended eHealth to in­clude a smart queue­ing sys­tem. The queu­ing sys­tem will be used to sta­bi­lize pa­tient flow in the clin­ics and al­low for the trans­fer of pa­tients from re­cep­tion to con­sul­ta­tion room us­ing an anony­mous num­ber­ing process. It in­cludes queue mon­i­tors in the re­cep­tion ar­eas and ac­cess to book­ing ap­point­ments via a cell phone. The ben­e­fits in­clude, but are not lim­ited to a re­duc­tion in pa­tient wait­ing times; and most im­por­tantly an im­proved ex­pe­ri­ence for the pa­tient in a health fa­cil­ity; re­sult­ing in the pa­tient be­ing treated with dig­nity.

She urged the pub­lic to take care of the in­fra­struc­ture, to own it and make use of it and this re­quires co­op­er­a­tion from all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing pa­tients who use the ser­vice.

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Her­man Mashaba with Nomhle Nt­sizana and MMC for Health and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Dr Mpho Pha­latse.

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