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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is helping develop the National Health Patient Registration System, which will help improve the service that ordinary South Africans receive at public health facilities.

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In short: The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is helping develop the National Health Patient Registration System, which will help improve the service that ordinary South Africans receive at public health facilities.

The challenge: Lack of efficient electronic systems

As a result of resource constraints, many marginalised communities receive suboptimal health services. One of the challenges is that insufficient record keeping of patient data leads to delays, duplication or incomplete patient history profiles.

The technology deployed or developed: Knowledge of patient demographics and a record of patient movement through health facilities are fundamental in delivering integrated healthcare services and are required for planning aspects of the national health system. The CSIR and the National Department of Health partnered to develop the National Health Patient Registration System, which allows for the registration and identity verification of patients at public health facilities.

Impact: The system has thus far been deployed in 1 859 facilities and 6 355 759 registrations have been captured on a central database. (Statistics: 2016/17 CSIR annual report)


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