Telemedicine in the Western Cape Department of Health during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic: Leveraging data to save lives by activating a telemedicine response

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine


 
 
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Title Telemedicine in the Western Cape Department of Health during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic: Leveraging data to save lives by activating a telemedicine response
 
Creator David, Neal J. Brey, Zameer Ismail, Muzzammil
 
Subject Primary Health Care data analysis; risk-stratification; telemedicine; coordination of care; diabetes; patient-centric
Description The pandemic caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has put health systems across the globe under strain. There has been much suffering and loss, but a silver lining is emerging – a growing list of deeply contextualised, resource-light and patient-centric innovations that are showing the promise of reshaping health care delivery as we know it. Some of these innovations were lying latent in the system, waiting for the ‘dots to be joined’. The Western Cape was the first province in South Africa to experience a COVID-19 wave from May 2020 to July 2020, with 60–70 deaths being reported daily. To bend the mortality curve during this crisis was not easy but was made possible using a rudimentary telehealth system. This project represents an exemplar of innovation, built out of necessity to save lives and may well become a staple component of the health service in a post-crisis era.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor Nil
Date 2021-05-20
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Project report
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v13i1.2954
 
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 13, No 1 (2021); 4 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2954/4658 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2954/4657 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2954/4659 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2954/4656
 
Coverage Western Cape July - December 2020 Diabetic patients
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Neal Jonathan David https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0