SAP Africa commits funds for global AIDS summit
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa has allocated $150, 000 (about R1,65 million) as support for next year’s 21st International AIDS Conference.
The event is scheduled for 17-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa.
Over 14 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including up to 1 000 journalists, are expected to attend.
SAP Africa’s investment is aimed at promoting safe sex, male circumcision and HIV prevention.
The investment is under the auspices of the SAP healthcare technology portfolio, which is aligned with the top healthcare imperatives.
“Healthcare teams access real-time patient data and collaborate during hospitalisations to plan and deliver optimal clinical care.
“Patients at home remain connected to their healthcare teams, follow individual care plans, track health indicators, send relevant results, access education and collaborate with their network of friends and family,” Brett Parker, Regional Managing Director at SAP Southern Africa.
Innovation technology for healthcare provides a single, accurate source of patient information which includes, for example; monitoring the eographical spread and incidence of infections using mobile devices from any location.
This monitoring assists healthcare management to effectively plan resources and provide efficient preventive care.
The business impact is that more patients can be attended to per doctor and there is higher employee productivity.
The patient and healthcare insight provided by the technology is reliable and can be accessed in real-time making work easier for doctors, nurses and primary healthcare practitioners and shortens the waiting time for patients.
SAP is a member of the Private Sector Reference Group, a group of executives from South Africa’s leading business community.
“In order for businesses to contribute effectively to HIV treatment and prevention programs, healthcare revenue and costs must be managed effectively while preventative care must be scaled-up and better coordinated,” said Professor Olive Shisana, Chief Executive at Human Sciences Research Council and Local Co-Chair, AIDS 2016.
– CAJ News
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