News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 117 on 5 July 2002

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HOSPITAL COMPUTERISATION OFFERS POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVING DISEASE MANAGEMENT

5 July 2002

Computerising hospital management and information systems offers Africa a number of potential benefits. Sceptics rightly protest:’how can you even think about computers, when everything else is in a mess and there’s no money’. Perhaps these two positions are not as far apart as they seem. If African healthcare is to improve, it will obviously require greater resources. But even with greater resources, it will need improvements in management and administration to be able to handle increased resources. People capacity and training are almost as important as installing "kit". This week Helen Mellor of Elan Technologies describes how it computerised a…