How a mobile app by SA doctors could curb healthcare service queues

Two local doctors have developed a digital application, using our South African Triage Scale, to help patients in hospitals, clinics and other health facilities with the most urgent medical needs and reduce the number of avoidable errors in emergency rooms.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane was joined by Dr Yassin Khan and Dr Mohammed Dalwai, developers of the app and co-founders of The Open Medicine Project of SA (TOMPSA), an organisation that designs medical applications to support healthcare providers in low-resource settings.

The Triage Mobile App

The triage process involves assessing the degrees of urgency among waiting patients and deciding on the order of treatment for each of them. It is an effort to save more lives, reduce waiting time and improve efficiency in developing communities.

One of the problems we’ve looked at is triage. Emergency units are busy throughout the world, and often we don’t correctly identify patients who are ill. This particular application helps a nurse identify who is ill in those settings.

Dr Mohammed Dalwai

The mobile app will help health practitioners by guiding them through the questions, vital signs and calculations used in triage process.

Read more about their applications on the TOMPSA website.

Listen to the full conversation with Africa Melane, standing in, on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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