E-Health News, Frost & Sullivan partner with Healthcare Innovation Summit

The Healthcare Innovation Summit, being held at the Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg on 19 August, has announced that E-Health News and Frost & Sullivan are its media partners.
At the summit, delegates will have the opportunity to take part in in-depth round table discussions, which will cover technological issues that affect the development of healthcare in Africa, as well as hear from a number of top-flight local and international speakers addressing the theme, ‘Transforming Healthcare with Technology’.

The conference costs are R4,950 with group discounts. Registration fee includes entry into all round table sessions, networking sessions, all conference documents, delegate bags, corporate gifts and USB sticks, light lunch and refreshments. To book, contact Vardis Banga or Bino de Gouveia on +27 (0)11 026 0981 or email


Intercare opens new medical centre in Cape Town

Intercare, a provider of integrated healthcare services, has opened its new R70m medical centre and day hospital in Century City, Cape Town.
This will be the group’s fourth day hospital and its 16th medical centre since Intercare was founded in 2000 by Dr Hendrik Hanekom and Dr George Veliotes and this will complement the existing three sub-acute and rehabilitation hospitals. The Intercare Group has had a very clear vision since inception: to provide quality private healthcare that would be more affordable and accessible to a greater proportion of South Africans.
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Rwanda: Unique technology solution improves access to essential medicines

The terms ‘electronic data’ and ‘IT’ are not generally associated with Africa’s struggling and under-resourced public healthcare systems, where challenges abound and are exacerbated by paper records, manual processes, labour-intensive administration and poor quality data. In Rwanda, however, the republic’s Ministry of Health has improved the delivery of critical medical supplies throughout the country by implementing an innovative electronic logistics management information system.
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Free State health has reached ‘crisis point’

BLOEMFONTEIN: A dismal picture of the Free State’s public health system emerged on Tuesday, 7 July 2015, where a public commission of inquiry is being held, with some saying public health had reached “crisis point”.
On what was the first day of testimonies, anecdotes were heard of a shortage of equipment, medicine and broken ambulances.
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Microchip that could reduce animal testing has designers excited

One of the greatest challenges to our healthcare system today is creating effective new drugs. Despite ever-increasing investments in research and development, the number of drugs that win approval for clinical use each year has steadily decreased over the past 50 years. It now costs of more than $2.5bn (£1.6bn) to bring a single compound from the bench to patients. Because many have to be developed to find one that works, drug costs have become exorbitant.Continue reading

Minister Zulu: SA values relations with the US

PRETORIA: South Africa continues to value its relationship with the United States, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said on Thursday.
“South Africa greatly values our relationship with the US. Our partnership both domestically and regionally continues to yield benefits for our people in the areas of trade and investment, capacity building, health and education, youth and gender empowerment and the promotion of democracy and good governance in the African continent,” said the minister.
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A wearable night vision-like goggles to view see the cancer cells

A NIGERIAN-born scientist, Dr. Samuel Achilefu, has won the prestigious St. Louis Award for 2014 for creating cancer-visualizing glasses.Achilefu, a professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, and his team developed the imaging technology in cancer diagnosis into a wearable night vision-like goggles so surgeons could see the cancer cells while operating.“They basically have to operate in the dark,” Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Achilefu, 52, as saying.“I thought, what if we create something that let’s you see things that aren’t available to the ordinary human eye.”Continue reading

Innovation in healthcare: it’s down to better management

Following the world’s first in skin graft surgery in the Western Cape recently, a healthcare management expert says more innovations such as these depend on better management in the healthcare system.
Better management education for clinicians is essential if we want more medical innovations such as the recent ground-breaking skin culture transplant performed by doctors at Tygerberg and Groote Schuur in Cape Town.
So says Bruce MacDonald, course convenor of the customised Health Leadership Programme (HLP) XXII at the UCT Graduate School of Business. The HLP course is customised for the staff at the Western Cape Department of Health by which it is also fully funded.
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