September 14, 2010


Sep 13, 2010
Issued by: Department Science and Technology

The Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom,
will deliver a keynote address at the first Southern African
Telemedicine Conference on Thursday, 16 September 2010 (09h00). The
conference will be held at the Medical Research Council (MRC)
Conference Centre in Parow Valley, Cape Town.

It is hosted by the MRC in conjunction with MTN and the
University of Stellenbosch. The conference brings together
researchers, professionals, academics, health practitioners,
students, health analysts, etc. that work in the discipline of

Telemedicine is broadly defined as the use of information and
telecommunications technologies to provide medical information and
services at a distance.

The benefits of telemedicine to a country like South Africa are
the provision of scarce medical resources to rural areas. This
allows patients to be treated at a local clinic or hospital instead
of being referred to hospital with the appropriate services. It
also reduces the cost of unnecessary patient transfer and saves the
patient time and expenses when away from work or their family. It
further provides rural practitioners with support from peers at
larger centres during patient consultation and ongoing education.

Issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology
For further information and to RSVP, please contact:
Nthabi Maoela
082 944 0015

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