The role and impact of increasing levels of sophistication in medical technology and digital innovation will come under the spotlight during the third day of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) Annual Conference.

The conference will be taking place at The Forum, The Campus, in Johannesburg from Monday 1 October to Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Dr David Jankelow, a well-known and prominent cardiologist who is based in the city will begin proceedings on the day with an address titled: ‘The digital future of healthcare’. He will be followed by digital entrepreneurs Dr William Mapham and Dr Michael Mol who are already in their innovative businesses harnessing technology and digital solutions to enhance healthcare offerings.

In the case of Dr Mapham, his Vula Mobile app uses smart phone technology to bridge the gap between mostly urban specialists and rural patients. The app began as a tool to bring ophthalmology to rural patients but in 2016 cardiology, orthopaedics and burns specialists were added to the range of specialist services on offer so that patients in often difficult to reach and under-serviced areas now have quick and efficient specialist care.

Dr Mol is well-known as the founder of Hello Doctor, a platform that enables patients to engage telephonically with doctors, anytime, anywhere, in any South African language.

Having developed their successes in the early stages of what is beginning to become a healthcare digital revolution, both entrepreneurial doctors will have interesting views on where technology and digital innovation will head to next.

To close the day and the conference, Dr Dan Gordon from Canada will speak about health information exchange. He is an international healthcare thought leader with extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of Innovation Ecosystems, Digital Health Innovation, eHealth and Health Information Exchange, Health Services planning and Business Intelligence. He is IBM Global Health Innovation Ecosystem and Artificial Intelligence Lead where he leads the IBM Canada Watson Health Innovation Ecosystem and AI practice to assist healthcare delivery organisations to build innovation ecosystems and innovation garages that combine academic, health system and entrepreneurial resources to create artificial intelligence products to improve social systems outcomes, efficiency and effectiveness.

For more information about the conference, provisional programme and tickets, visit:  www.conferencehasa.co.za

General enquiries can be directed to the HASA 2018 Conference Management: Kerry Simpson, Bespoke Strategic Communications, 011 262 2843, kerry@bespokecomms.co.za

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