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HISA 2013


Please note that this programme is subject to change.


Join international experts, Mr Neil Gardner, President of Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH), and Dr Paul Woolman, Health Informatics Consultant at NHS National Services Scotland and lecturer at University of Edinburgh, at a half-day workshop on capacity building for eHealth in South Africa.

The workshop will address the urgent need for eHealth skills and will explore the following issues:

  • Who needs eHealth training?
  • What is an eHealth professional?
  • Establishing career paths for eHealth professionals.
  • Continuing education, short courses and distance learning.
  • Including eHealth in the curricula of medical schools and nursing colleges.
  • Post-graduate opportunities for eHealth research.
  • Opportunities for collaboration.

Facilitator: Dr Rosemary Foster (Medical Research Council and Research Associate at NMMU), Vice-President of SAHIA

Date: 2 July 2013
Time: 13:30 until 16:30
Cost:   Free
Venue: NMMU North Campus Conference Centre

Please contact Dr Nicky Mostert-Phipps (nicky.mostert@nmmu.ac.za) before Monday, 24 June 2013 to register to attend this workshop.

For any queries regarding the content of the workshop please contact Dr Rosemary Foster (Rosemary.Foster@mrc.ac.za).


HISA DAY 1 - Wednesday, 3 July 2013

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:20 Opening and Welcome Prof Dalenca Pottas, HISA LOC Chair
Dr Sven Abrahamse, SAHIA President
09:20 - 09:50 Keynote - eHealth from Strategy to Implementation: Green Shoots or Blue Sky Dr Paul Woolman
09:50 - 10:10 Barriers and Challenges to the Adoption of E-Health Standards in Africa Ms Funmi Adebesin
10:10 - 10:30 Towards a National Procedure Coding Standard for South Africa Dr Lyn Hanmer
10:50 - 11:10 Service design as an approach for envisioning e-health solutions: Mapping the context of development in Grabouw, Western Cape Mr Izak van Zyl
11:10 - 11:30 The development of the South African eHealth Strategy assessed against the recommendations of the WHO/ITU eHealth Strategy Toolkit Dr Rosemary Foster
11:30 - 11:50 The Rwanda and Open Health Information Exchange Mr Wayne Naidoo
11:50 - 12:10 Lessons learned from implementing a full-package Electronic Medical Record System in Lesotho Outpatient Departments to improve Patient Waiting Time and Quality of Care – a potential Success Story for the Country Mr Stiaan Byleveld
12:10 - 12:30 Telemedicine as an effort to address data communication challenges between primary, secondary and tertiary  health levels In Namibia: a conceptual model Ms Meke Shivute
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH - sponsored by InterSystems South Africa
13:30 - 13:50 Designing a Mobile Pill Reminder for Elderly Users in South Africa Mr Cainos Mukandatsama
13:50 - 14:10 Using smartphones and tablets for medical information access and documenting interactions with patients by Clinical Associates in South Africa Mr Sailas Nyareza
14:10 - 14:30 Health Informatics Education in Southern Africa: the curriculation of a fundamentals course Prof Retha de la Harpe
14:30 - 14:50 Using tablet computers to collect data in a rural clinic

Prof Graham Wright
Dr Don O’Mahony

15:10 - 16:10 Panel: Is E-learning the solution to South Africa’s educational problems? Prof Graham Wright
Dr Peter Murray
Prof Johan van Niekerk
16:10 - 16:30 Trading in your old VW Beetle for a Rolls Royce Mrs Lauren Gonsalves 
16:30 - 18:30 WELCOME COCKTAIL FUNCTION (Cash bar available)

HISA DAY 2  - Thursday, 4 July 2013

08:00 - 09:00 Registration


09:00 - 09:30 Keynote - The e-Health Revolution Prof Darelle van Greunen
09:30 - 09:50 Addressing the challenges of Healthcare Service Providers and Patients with Innovative Business & Technology solutions Mr Ben Maree
09:50 - 10:10 Mitigating eHealth Regulation Risk to Empower Patients and Healthcare Professionals Dr Sean Broomhead
10:10 - 10:30 Exploring South African Physicians’ Acceptance of e-Prescribing Technology Mr Michael Jones
10:50 - 11:10 Patient identification and hospital information management systems in sub-Saharan Africa: a field study in Rwanda and Burundi Dr Frank Verbeke
11:10 - 11:30 The Dynamics of Involving Intermediaries on User Experiences and Outcomes of mHealth Initiatives: The Case of a Maternal Healthcare Intervention in Malawi Mrs Mphatso Nyemba-Mudenda
11:30 - 11:50 Problems, Challenges and Prospects for a Health Informatics Curricula in Botswana Mr Dino Rajah
11:50 - 12:10 Interoperability eHealth System: Italian & Chinese experiences Dr Filippo Di Marco
12:10 - 12:30 Patient preferences regarding storage media for medical records

Ms Melissa Masiza

12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH - sponsored by HST (Health System Technologies)
13:30 - 14:30 Panel: Continuing the eStrategies conversation: Engaging the Private Sector

Dr Rosemary Foster                         Mr Ian de Vega
Dr Brian Chicksen
Ms Trish Dicks
Prof Darelle van Greunen


Read more about the eStrategies conversation on eHealth 


14:30 - 14:50 IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) - Bringing Health Imaging and Health Informatics together Mr Clive Daniell
15:10 - 16:40 Workshop: Role of Imaging Informatics in eHealth – practical experience Mr Genady Knizhnik
17:00 - 18:00 SAHIA AGM

HISA DAY 3  - Friday, 5 July 2013

08:00 - 09:00 Registration


09:00 - 09:30 Keynote - The Need for Health Informatics Professionals Mr Neil Gardner
09:30 - 09:50 Co-design medical innovations Prof Retha de la Harpe
09:50 - 10:10 Secondary use of electronic health records for measuring the impact of health insurance status on health services consumption and in-hospital mortality Dr Frank Verbeke
10:10 - 10:30 Success of TIER.Net rollout monitoring in BroadReach supported DoH facilities Mrs Linda McIntosh
10:50 - 11:10 Developing open access learning resources - building on the IMIA Knowledge Base

Prof Graham Wright
Dr Peter Murray

11:10 - 11:30 An analysis of user engagement in an online mental health support group Mr Jay Barnes
11:30 - 12:30 Panel: Mental Health Informatics: a new field? Mr Jay Barnes
Mr Million Bimerew
Mr Rudi Harmse
Dr Zuki Zingela
Dr Stoffel Grobler
12:30 - 12:50 Conference Closure Ms Anzél Schönfeldt-Lombaard
12:50 - 13:10 Sedick Isaacs Best Paper Award
Roy Alger Best Presentation Award
SAHIA Fellowship Awards
Dr Sven Abrahamse
13:10 - 14:10 LUNCH & CLOSURE




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