Home Research Projects
Summary: Integrating remote medical devices into a Public Health Information System. PDF Print

MSc student: Nkanyiso Ndlovu

Collaboration partner: no formal partner, but maybe tied to a partnership with the South African Medical Research Council (MRC)

Project overview:

The project aims to investigate the various challenges associated with the use and integration of portable medical devices in a Health Enterprise Architecture. A prototype application to acquire, upload and analyse foetal heart rate scans will be designed and implemented. The application will allow for better detection of high risk pregnant women in rural areas who require further clinical intervention. Challenges include: communication transport, e.g. 3G, designing and developing effective communication protocols for medical devices to access a central patient vault, signal processing, noise removal, data representation, data integration and data analysis. Given the pervasive nature of mobile phone/3G networks in Africa, the deployment of effective portable medical devices has the potential to make significant inroads in rural healthcare.


Summary: An interoperability framework for a National Health Information System in a developing country: A case study in Rwanda . PDF Print

MSc student: Ryan Crichton

Collaboration partner: Jembi

The project will investigate the requirements and challenges associated with interoperability and system integration of various heterogeneous health care information systems and applications (components) that is typically deployed in a developing country. The outcome of the research will be an framework that facilitates interoperability and system integration within a national health information system in a developing country. The framework will primarily provide support for: multiple data representation standards; multiple messaging and communication protocols; and a generic orchestration engine to coordinate the flow and processing of data between the various components. The initial requirements and evaluation of the framework will carried out within the context of the current deployment of the Rwandan National Health Information System.

Summary: Designing a dynamic web-based catalogue of Health Enterprise Artifacts for developing countries. PDF Print

MSc student: Carl Fourie

Collaboration partner: Jembi

Project overview

The project aims to design a web-based catalogue of the various architectural artifacts that currently exist within Health Information Systems (HIS) in developing countries. Examples of artifacts are: software tools and platforms; architectural designs and patterns; standards and requirements. A formal ontological model for describing and classifying different artifacts will be formulated. The model will be used to create a pilot implementation of a web-based artifact catalogue. Such a catalogue will form a dynamic community resource where HIS architects/developers can discover, share, evaluate, and reuse artifacts.


Summary: Incorporating clinical decision support in a public health care system for developing countries. PDF Print

MSc student: Pascal Brandt

Collaboration partner: Jembi

Project overview:

The project aims to identify the requirements and to design a framework for the clinical decision support aspect of a Public Health Information Systems (PHIS) for developing countries. A specific application to predict the resistance pattern and antiretroviral treatment (ART) outcome in a clinical setting will be designed and a prototype will be implemented. In developing countries factors including financial constraints, expected impact of intervention and policy must be balanced when deciding on costly clinical interventions. A system that is able to adequately represent and reason about these factors is crucial to maintain an effective and sustainable public health system.