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Ghana Uses mHealth Community-based Approach to Tackle Hypertension

29 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Ghana has reported positive results of its community-based hypertension improvement project (ComHIP) that aimed to detect, diagnose and treat hypertension earlier by placing screening points in local shops and businesses and strengthening existing facilities.

Digital health tools were used in the three-year ComHIP pilot to connect the new screening points with community health workers and...

Medtalkz Online Platform Gets CPD Accreditation

28 November 2018 at 10:39 AM, via eHealth News

Medtalkz, South Africa’s new open access library of medical lectures, has announced that its online content is now accredited with CPD points, allowing health professionals to earn their points at a time and place convenient to them.

Medtalkz Founder, Dr Brian Levy believes that by providing CPD accredited content, Medtalkz is creating greater access to healthcare professionals to learn from...

Wearable Electronic Skin Monitors Health in Real-time

28 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Researchers at Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering in Australia have developed wearable electronic skin that can monitor a person’s health in real-time.

The researchers, Professor Wenlong Cheng, Dr Yan Wang and Dr Shu Gong, have spent over three years researching, developing and patenting the stretchable electronic device that can reportedly match the mechanical properties of soft...

The DRC Initiates First-ever Multi-drug Ebola Trial

27 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has announced that a randomised control trial has begun to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of drugs used in the treatment of Ebola patients.

The trial is the first-ever multi drug trial for an Ebola treatment. It will form part of a multi-outbreak, multi-country study that was agreed to by partners under a World Health...

Deadline for Changing Medical Schemes is this Friday

26 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Medical Scheme beneficiaries have until Friday 30 November 2018 to change their options by either swapping, buying up or down in their schemes.

Beneficiaries can only change their benefits options once a year.

According to Statistics South Africa, inflation or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in South Africa currently stands at 4.9% while healthcare inflation is even higher at an estimated 5.4%....

Netcare Injects R600m into Digitisation Programme

23 November 2018 at 09:05 AM, via eHealth News

South Africa’s leading private healthcare provider, Netcare, is investing over R600 million into a digitisation programme set to be completed by 2022.

The digitisation programme is expected to provide patients access to their electronic health records (EHRs), remove fragmentation between service providers within Netcare’s various divisions and lead to improved treatment protocols.

This will...

Novartis Rises to 2nd Place in 2018 Access to Medicine Index

23 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Multinational pharmaceutical company, Novartis has ranked second in the 2018 Access to Medicine Index (ATMi), up from 3rd place in 2016, in recognition of its efforts to improve worldwide access to healthcare.

The Index measures the performance of the top-20 pharmaceutical companies to improve access to medicines and healthcare in developing countries. It covers seven categories:...

WHO Leads New Campaign to Improve Prevention and Treatment of Malaria

22 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have launched a new country-led response to increase investment and scale up prevention and treatment of malaria.

For the second consecutive year, the annual report produced by WHO reveals a plateauing in numbers of people affected by malaria. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria, compared to 217 million the year before....

Nightwatch Detects Night-time Seizures

21 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

A team of scientists in the Netherlands have developed a new wearable device, called Nightwatch, which can detect severe night-time epilepsy seizures.

According to the scientists, the wearable is more effective than other technology available and can effectively reduce the rate of unexpected night-time fatalities in epilepsy patients.

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major...

National Cancer Campaign Sets Out Five Goals

20 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

The National Cancer Campaign was officially launched on 30th October 2018 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the KZN MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. The launch coincided with a cancer screening campaign and an education drive to inform attendees about their cancer risk.

The National Cancer Campaign forms part of President Cyril...

Collaboration Needed to Curb Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Healthcare Industry

19 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Poor collaboration at the right level, the lack of accountability and no proactive participation were identified as some of the stumbling blocks in the fight against malfeasance in the healthcare industry at the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Indaba.

The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) held the Indaba from 14-15 November 2018 to mark International Fraud and Awareness Week.

BHF’s...

(DUREX)RED Bus Drives Fight Against HIV/AIDS

16 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

As part of its commitment to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, Durex has partnered with (RED), a global non-profit organisation committed to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic by partnering with iconic brands to raise money for the Global Fund.

The partnership will include a global donation of $5 million to the Global Fund which includes proceeds from the sale of specially marked (DUREX)RED condom packs...

New mHealth Tech Detects and Monitors HIV

15 November 2018 at 09:00 AM, via eHealth News

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US have developed a mobile diagnostic tool that uses a cell phone and nanotechnology to detect and monitor HIV.

In a paper published in Nature Communications, the researchers described how their affordable and portable technology could be useful in resource-limited regions that lack infrastructure and trained medical professionals.

“Early...

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