UB e-Health Research Unit Coordinator scoops international award

Ndlovu award 2019

University of Botswana e-Health Research Unit Coordinator, Mr Kagiso Ndlovu, has won an excellence for his presentation at a week-long Open Medical Institute (OMI) seminar on Medical Informatics held in Salzburg, Austria from October 27 to November 2, 2019.

Mr Ndlovu was among 31 fellows from 21 countries across the globe. Africa was represented by Botswana and Ethiopia.

OMI week-long seminars are post-graduate medical educational programmes that offer courses to highly qualified English-speaking fellows from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Russia, Central Asia and other countries in transition. They are organised by the Salzburg Stiftung of the American Austria Foundation (AAF) and are co-funded by the Austria Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.

The American Austrian Foundation (AAF) seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by providing qualified individuals with fellowships to pursue further education on specialised fields with more than 1500 awards being given on a meritocratic basis to qualified recipients each year.

For the first time, the OMI offered the Medical Informatics seminar under the Directorship of Dr Anthony Luberti from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The course had accredited CME (34) credits from the Austrian Chamber of Physicians.

Topics covered during the training included an Introduction to Medical Informatics, Electronic Health Record Overview, Health Informatics Clinical Decision Support Systems, Informatics Change Management, Informatics Project Management, Informatics Project Governance and Prioritization, Electronic Health Record Implementation, Informatics and Quality Improvement, Health Informatics Security and Privacy Issues as well as Advanced Topics in Medical Informatics.

The seminar also had case presentations from the countries represented and only four including that of Mr Ndlovu got excellence awards, https://ehealth.ub.bw/data/ecp.html. Mr Ndlovu’s case presentation was titled “National Strategies for Health Informatics in Botswana”.

The other three that got the awards were Kyrgyzstan’s presentation titled, “Moving Knowledge Instead of Patients”, Lithuania’s titled “E-Health System in Lithuania: Physian’s Point of View” and Mexico’s titled “Use of Medical Informatics as a Tool to Develop a National Registry of Rare Diseases”.

The goal is to continue building local capacity in medical Informatics across each of the countries. The UB e-Health Research Unit is already underway and gearing up for its first training initiative on Medical Informatics within the context of Botswana, focusing on local needs and key challenges. The training will also be offered on an eLearning platform in collaboration with the Open Medical Institute (OMI).