Innovation and Sanitary Technologies
Laboratories, telemedicine, EMR, energy
In the medical area, the use of new technologies opens up scenarios unthinkable until now especially in settings with limited resources.
It is some time now that the DREAM program makes use of IT and technological means.
In Africa we are still far from intensive use of the computer. However, the reduction in the prices of computers and the spread of computer literacy have eliminated major barriers to their widespread use by ensuring that today we can actually think of a computerized health, even in Africa. Every clinic in the DREAM centers, even those located in more rural areas, has a computer and a computer system that allows the clinical management of patients and the control of adherence to treatment, the collection of epidemiological data and networking to provide all forms of support, coordination and staff management, the DREAM Software.
The use of new technologies also include:
- [tipso tip=”The DREAM program has a long experience in telemedicine activities. Through a special software, it is possible to collect and send diagnostic questions and clinical data, this way performing consultations with specialists in Europe. Along these years, teleconsultations were carried out in the fields of cardiology, dermatology, radiology, neurology and infectious diseases, allowing providing a high quality service to patients in Africa”]Telemedicine[/tipso]
- [tipso tip=”DREAM has built and put in place a network of sophisticated and high quality molecular laboratories run by adequately trained African staff, who today play an important role within the national health systems, also working for other structures and programs to fight against AIDS”]Laboratories[/tipso] more
- [tipso tip=”Along with the continuous learning provided by telemedicine, the DREAM program provides courses for specialists via videoconferencing, with the aim of developing local capacities”]E-learning[/tipso]
- [tipso tip=”Adherence to the health program is a major challenge in Africa. These technologies, in the hands of social workers (even with a low level of schooling but excellently trained through courses on site) can address the problem at a really low cost. This way it is in fact possible to track patients and ensure their constancy to the required controls”]Mobile technologies such as SMS and geolocalization[/tipso]
- Use of [tipso tip=”A stable and low cost supply of energy is critical to the health centers in Africa. Installing solar energy systems can solve this problem. In some of the DREAM centers of Malawi plants of photovoltaic panels have already been installed. It is a unique model of solar systems in Africa applied to health services, which if multiplied would allow health facilities in Africa, especially the laboratories, to operate continuously and at a sustainable cost for all, respecting nature”]solar energy[/tipso]
- Electronic Medical Records
- Molecular laboratories
- Solar Energy System