Integrated health providers can take info sharing leaf out of retailers’...

About 80% of people seek information online before they become our patients, said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic,...

Championing digital healthcare in South Africa*

Mother-daughter team, Dr Maggie Mojapelo and Dr Malebo Mojapelo-Mokotedi, are active stewards of digital health solutions. They’re on a quest to use new, innovative...

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability. The Health Market...

Understanding medical malpractice in SA

The second edition of "Understanding Medical Malpractice in South Africa" has now been released as an updated follow-up to the first published in March...

Unnecessary pelvic exams, pap tests common in young women

More than half of bimanual pelvic exams (BPE) given to young women aged 15 to 20 years are likely unnecessary, according to estimates from...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KZNSN), as well as the SA Society...

Specialist groups add their voices to surgeon, anaesthesiologist arrests

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF), Federation of South African Surgeons (FOSAS) and the KwaZulu Natal Specialist Network (KNZSN), as well as the SA Society...

SAMA states position on criminal charges against doctors

SAMA has issued a position statement on the criminal charging of medical personnel, following the charges of culpable homicide against paediatric surgeon, Dr Peter Beale and...

Wishes from Med Brief Africa

The Publishers, Editors and Executives of Med Brief Africa wish all Readers, Advertisers and Contributors a Joyous Festive Season and a Happy and Healthy 2020!

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...

Antibiotics often prescribed without documented indication

A considerable proportion of antibiotics are prescribed without a documented indication, a study just published online in The BMJ has revealed. Michael J. Ray, M.P.H., from...

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SAMA opposed to NHI Bill in current form

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says while it remains supportive of the progressive realisation of Universal Health Coverage for people in South Africa,...

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Here are some of the articles MedBrief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

Study provides insight into chronic kidney disease

Researchers have further analysed a known signalling pathway they believe brings them one step closer to understanding the complex physiology of patients with chronic...

Discovery states “unequivocal” support for NHI

Discovery Health (DH) has declared its unequivocal support for the NHI, saying it is supportive of any structural change that assists in strengthening and...

SAPPF urges government not to pass NHI Bill in current form

The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has requested government not to pass the NHI Bill in its current form, saying it lacks clarity...

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)...