Entries by CCO

Google’s ‘Predictive EHR’ Uses Machine Learning to Forecast Health Events

The US Patent and Trademark Office on January 31 published Google’s patent application for a “deep machine learning” system that uses longitudinal electronic health record (EHR) data to predict future health events. The clinical decision support system can also help physicians identify patients who are most in need of help and can display the key clinical markers […]

Announcement from the HPCSA

Please take note: Some employees of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) are on strike.  The strike does not affect all departments of the council and as far as could be ascertained, the CPD section is fully functional. As a result audit deadlines should as far as possible be adhered to. We will […]

Health department head office in Civitas building a hazard for staff

The Citizen reports that the Department of Health (DOH) is planning to appeal the prohibition notice that led to its Pretoria head office being shut for being “unsafe and unhealthy”. For the past seven months, the DOH’s staff have refused going to work in the 29-storey Civitas Building in the Pretoria CBD, saying the property, […]

Health department to challenge building closure

PRETORIA – The Health Department plans to challenge a prohibition order against its building in Pretoria. The Civitas Building doesn’t comply with occupational health and safety standards and can’t be occupied. The National Health Department headquarters has been closed until further notice by the Department of Labour. READ: Another government building declared unsafe  According to the […]

Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)

Dear Emergency Care Practitioner, Your scope of practice has changed with the publication of the updated Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). You can now do MORE than a few months ago. It is now your responsibility to ensure that you know exactly what these changes are and […]

Workers shut down Department of Health building

Please take note: Proceedings at the the Department of Health building in Pretoria has been shut down, due to a strike by staff members. All communication and applications to the DoH will be delayed until further notice. We will keep you updated as far as possible. For more information. Click here

How to earn CPD points

Introduction It is not difficult to earn points in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), no matter what your profession is. The challenge rather lies in buying into CPD and then understanding how the system works. Hereafter you must find and place your trust in a service provider. Buying into CPD Buying into the system of earning […]

Striking workers still bedevil Sapo’s grant payments

Dear Focus on Health members. Please read the following article about the Post Office strike. Remember that we also have the following alternative delivering options; email, courier, online, whatsapp and collection form our office which is based in Pretoria. On Monday, the Communications Workers’ Union declared a national shutdown of Sapo after wage talks broke […]