Since February 2015, the Ministry of Health and Child Care with help of funding partners has been designing, developing, and testing an electronic health record (EHR) system, named “Impilo”. This is meant to reduce the current burden of paper data collection for health workers and ultimately improve the quality of care in public health facilities. […]
Review of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare enteprise solution, 5 things to note for any institution looking to make it part of its healthcare delivery system.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care is currently working on a digital health strategy. Here are 5 things that should be included in it.
10 things Zimbabwean startups need to consider when developing Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions
For the effective adoption of electronic health information systems over the less convenient paper based status quo, there are key functionalities that every EHR system on the market should have. One bad apple can really spoil the whole bunch.
According to what’s been shared at the recent Zimbabwe Medical Association conference, here are 5 ways in which e-Health will be implemented to solve health-related challenges in Zimbabwe.
Recently the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe hosted a discussion on the introduction of bond notes in which the Governor had to field a barrage of candid questions and comments from citizens of diverse backgrounds who were unequivocally against the bond notes. In one of his various attempts at rebuttal, Dr. Mangudya said Zimbabweans are not […]
To face these and other challenges presented by the prevailing socioeconomic crisis, the need to change practices and incorporate new technologies in health delivery has therefore been realised by Zimbabwean health practitioners.
A few weeks ago we wrote about how Econet’s Dial-a-Doc service is facing headwinds with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe. It raises some issues. The MDPCZ’s condemning of health call centers as unethical forms of medical practice effectively shuts the door to other potential players like other MNOs, internet providers, startups or independent doctors who may want to set up such businesses.
The key to meeting this demand for innovation in health is a collaboration between health professionals and the IT experts or software developers. However, my personal experiences in Zimbabwe have been quite disappointing. It has proved to be quite a nightmare finding a skilled and experienced software developer who can choose to spare enough time to work on an idea.
Judging from the list above, spam emailing or pop-up messages will not be allowed. Apart from these, there are also rules governing information put on websites, how entries in the Telephone Directory should appear and even how office signs should look! Violating these policies is a serious offense that may lead to a disciplinary hearing for the registered practitioner.
The ministry of health periodically publishes the Essential Drug List of Zimbabwe. A list of medicines and standard treatment guidelines for the most common health conditions in Zimbabwe. It guides health practitioners on which drugs to use for a range of common conditions from ringworm to malaria to even psychosis. Now imagine an Essential Apps […]
Faced with such a seemingly flooded medical app market, what is it that makes an app particularly worth the download? For the developers out there here is a bit of a guide into what constitutes a good medical app.
If something is all the rage, you’re likely to see everyone falling over themselves to get their hands on it. Just look at the Scramble for Africa as an example. Fast forward to 2015 and it’s now the Scramble for Telemedicine. In Zimbabwe, several imperial corporate entities are competing against each other for a piece […]
Image credit – Higher Life Foundation Tech entrepreneurs seem to be describing a nightmare when they share accounts of when they had to deal with the regulatory authorities whilst striving to introduce tech solutions for health. Many have bemoaned the Byzantine bureaucracy of rigorous regulations that eventually lead to a shut door that can not […]
High blood pressure and diabetes are the most common chronic diseases. Hence they are the target of many interventions. One example of such intervention that is facilitated by tech medicine is the use of self monitoring tools and devices. Though these devices and the accompanying software don’t replace medical practitioners, they let the patients keep […]