What is it about?

This paper aims to examine the difficulties involved in revolutionizing South Africa's healthcare sector by utilizing the eHealth Strategy and, specifically, focusing on the successful implementation of an integrated recordkeeping system.

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Why is it important?

The healthcare industry in South Africa encounters three primary obstacles to change: disparities, a history of disunity, and a delivery structure that prioritizes reactive care over proactive measures. Health information systems offer a stable foundation for enhancing efficacy; however, these systems have been remarkably diverse within the country.


This study presented the intricate nature of the enduring impact of fragmentation in South Africa's health information systems and examined three key elements concerning terminology and maturity models that ought to be taken into account when formulating the country's forthcoming eHealth Strategy.

Dr Shadrack Katuu
University of South Africa

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This page is a summary of: Transforming South Africa’s health sector, Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, October 2016, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/jstpm-02-2016-0001.
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