Emergency Medicine

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Healthcare must proceed with caution in adopting AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform and disrupt healthcare. However, the industry must beware of unintended consequences and not give in to marketing...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week… SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current...

SAMA calls for urgent meeting on hospital safety

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has called for an urgent meeting with the Premier and MEC for Health in Mpumalanga following yet another...

Cure Day Hospitals among latest COHSASA accreditations

The healthcare facilities listed below have been awarded accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC)...

Prompt payment, CON issues addressed by NHI’s Crisp

Practitioners will be paid in real time, no real need for a Certificate of Need, and services will have to push ahead without a patient records...

OPINION PIECE: The Marmite NHI

John Bercow, the recently-retired speaker of the United Kingdom parliament, was recently referred to by a reporter as “the marmite speaker”. The expression was developed,...

Immediate, shorter-term answers to current difficulties required: ASAIPA NHI Submission

A more immediate or shorter-term answer to the difficulties currently faced in the provision of healthcare must be prioritised, the Alliance of SA Independent Practitioner Associations (ASAIPA)...

Emergency Medicine: the ‘thermometer” of SA’s healthcare

Emergency medicine picks up the slack when other parts of the healthcare system fail but is then often unfairly blamed for when things go...

PCNS valuable ‘but poorly understood’ asset

The Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS), the number allotted to a supplier of a relevant health service as a practice number by an organisation...

Paving way for new doctors entering ‘daunting’ environment

The recent GP Expo at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, essentially a networking platform for healthcare professionals such as general practitioners, doctors, clinical leads and primary healthcare...

Today’s doctors and the fourth industrial revolution… *

Today’s doctors find themselves in a world characterised by digital disruption. Globally, healthcare costs are skyrocketing. This trend has been fuelled by ageing populations,...

Wits’ Prof Moosa honoured with ASAIPA National Medical Award for Lifetime...

Prof Shabir Moosa, newly appointed World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Africa region president and prominent in primary care education at the University of...

Women less likely to receive treatment for myocardial infarction

A Scottish study just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shown that use of sex-specific diagnostic thresholds for myocardial infarction...

Practicalities of NHI implementation have yet to be spelt out

In this opinion piece published in today’s Business Day*, Johann Serfontein, of the Free Market Foundation Health Policy Unit, questions the progress of implementation...

Recommendations developed to address clinician burnout

In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report just published online by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to...

Last week’s HPCSA investigation alert ‘old news’: DoH

The Department of Health has issued a statement advising that the information doing the rounds on social media during past week about the Health...

Discovery Foundation Fellows discuss impact of award experience*

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award, valued at R2.1 million, enables a specialist clinician to experience Harvard Medical School’s largest teaching hospital for a...