Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed that the National Department of Health (NDoH) is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to develop an eHealth system to accompany the rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI).
Minister Motsoaledi emphasised the importance of a functional eHealth system if public and private sector resources are to be merged under a single NHI fund to pay for all healthcare services.
“At the moment, any patient can go to a clinic 10 times a day and collect medicine and no one will know about it. We are about to solve that (problem) with the CSIR,” said Minister Motsoaledi. “I know it took us many years, but we are not very far from finding a healthcare information system.”
According to Minister Motsoaledi, the NDoH has been working with the CSIR for the past five years to develop the eHealth system.
Provincial health departments currently have inefficient information systems that have made it virtually impossible to track utilisation and expenditure in healthcare facilities, which has led to numerous allegations of corruption and abuse of resources. It is believed that an efficient eHealth system will counteract such behaviour and also improve the patient’s experience by ensuring continuity of care.
eHealthNews will monitor and report on further developments of the system once more information is made available.