JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — SAP Africa announced its investment and commitment towards promoting safe sex, male circumcision and HIV prevention through supporting the 21st International AIDS Conference taking place on 17-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, announced the investment, valued at $USD 150 000.00, at a breakfast meeting early this month .
The biennial International AIDS Conference brings together scientists, policymakers, world leaders and people living with HIV who share best practices, learn from one another’s experiences and develop new strategies and collaborations. Over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including up to 1,000 journalists, are expected to attend. According to UNAIDS research report, South Africa is still the country most affected by the HIV epidemic, despite the significant increase in domestic spending on HIV and the remarkable progress that has been made in prevention and treatment since the 13th International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000*. Hosting the conference in Durban again, will have a deep and lasting impact on one of the most important challenges facing South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
“In order for businesses to contribute effectively to HIV treatment and prevention programs , healthcare revenue and costs must be managed effectively. Preventative care must be scaled-up and better coordinated. Collaborative partnerships between healthcare organisations in both public and private sectors are critical. These collaborations will help achieve consistency and equity in patient management and administration, strong partnerships will also streamline maintenance costs caused by non-integrated healthcare systems that currently exist in our healthcare environment,” comments Professor Olive Shisana, Chief Executive at Human Sciences Research Council and Local Co-Chair, AIDS 2016.
To remain competitive, healthcare organisations must constantly position themselves at the cutting edge of quality healthcare to help combat disease and improve healthcare service outcomes. At the same time, the healthcare sector is faced with challenges such as increasing efficiency and productivity in the context of critical skill shortages and rising costs. It is imperative for healthcare organisations to streamline their processes, integrate healthcareservices
“The SAP healthcare technology portfolio 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. Healthcare researchers are able to share, analyse clinical data in order to personalise therapies and improve healthcare outcomes for patients. This potent collaboration of applications, database and technology, mobile, analytics and Cloud means that high quality care can be delivered efficiently and at the right cost” said Brett Parker, Regional Managing director at SAP Southern Africa.
SAP innovation technology for healthcare provides a single, accurate source of patient information which includes, for example; monitoring the geographical 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. Through this support the group will strengthen private sector content in the AIDS 2016 conference program, and help corporations worldwide better understand the business case for addressing HIV and AIDS” concludes Brett Parker.
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