Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries

Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries

Kgomotso H. Moahi (University of Botswana, Botswana), Kelvin Joseph Bwalya (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Peter Mazebe II Sebina (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Release Date: February, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 350
ISBN13: 9781522522621|ISBN10: 152252262X|EISBN13: 9781522522638|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2262-1


The continuous development of new technologies has led to significant socio-economic advances in modern society. When applied in the medical sector, healthcare delivery techniques are optimized.

Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries is a comprehensive reference source for the latest scholarly research on technology utilization for delivering reliable and accurate health information to patients and clinical staff. Highlighting pivotal perspectives on topics such as mobile health, telemedicine, and healthcare access, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, researchers, academics, and graduate students interested in the benefits and challenges of technology applications in healthcare systems.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Learning Resources
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Service Costs
  • Healthcare Access
  • Medical Education
  • Mobile Health
  • Telemedicine

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Kgomotso Moahi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana. Kgomotso Moahi has researched and written extensively on the use of ICTs in information management and librarianship; promotion and protection of indigenous knowledge; and health informatics. Kgomotso has served in many capacities at the University of Botswana: She has been head of Department in the Library and Information Studies department; she has been Dean of the Faculty of Humanities; she has served in many committees and has been a member of Senate and the governing Council. She has also represented the University in her professional service by participating in a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for development such as the development of an ICT policy for Botswana (MAITLAMO); She was co-chair of the health commission in the 2nd World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) conference that took place in Gaborone in 2005; She participated in a Telemedicine feasibility study that was spearheaded by the Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) in 2005/6. She helped found the Children’s Information Trust in 2004 which aims to encourage the development of libraries in primary schools. Kgomotso Moahi is currently vice Chair of the ICT sub sector committee of the Human Resource Development Council of Botswana.
Kelvin Joseph Bwalya is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg. He has a PhD in Information Management (University of Johannesburg), Masters of Computer Science (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – KAIST) and Bachelors in Electronics and Electrical Power Engineering (Moscow Power Engineering Technical University). He is also a member of the Board of Directors – Mosi-oa-Tunya University of Science and Technology – MUST. Prof Bwalya is also a PhD supervisor and member of the Board of Exams at Tswane University of Technology, National University of Science and Technology - Zimbabwe, University of KwaZulu Nata, University of South Africa, University of Zululand, University of the Free State, Annamalai University, Alagappa University, Mohamed Sathak College of Arts and Science, etc. He has supervised 5 PhDs to completion, several Masters and undergraduate projects. He has published 7 books and over 100 pieces of peer reviewed articles and has also managed research funds over US$500,000 in total. He is also a member of various professional bodies and editorial teams. He has previously worked at the University of Botswana, University of Zambia, Samsung Electronics and has led teams of experts in Information Systems and Information Technology tertiary programmes’ assessments under the auspices of the Botswana Qualifications Authority. His current research interests are big data and predictive analytics, genomics, spatial-temporal data modelling, competitive intelligence, databases, m-Government, open data, etc.
Peter Mazebe II Mothataesi Sebina, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana. He serves on the editorial board of Archival Science and has previously served as deputy editor of the ESARBICA Journal; is the current President of the Botswana Library Association and a committee member of the Records and Information Association of Botswana; also sits on the Archives Advisory Council of Botswana. Peter was also part of a team that developed the draft national library policy of Botswana, currently before Parliament. His PhD is titled ‘Freedom of Information and Records Management: a learning curve for Botswana.’ He has published and presented extensively on Freedom of Information, its relationship with records management and plays an active role in the campaign for the legislation in Botswana. Peter has been involved in records management improvement exercises and studies in Botswana, Northwest Province of South Africa and Zambia. Included also are library improvement studies in Botswana. His research interests include: advocacy for library, archives and records management; legal aspects of information management; Freedom of Information and Privacy laws and their relationships with records, library and general information management; information management for transparency (including budget transparency) and effective citizen engagement and participation.