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The HPCSA has made an important change in terms of monitoring CPD compliance

Dear Focus on Health member, Some important changes have been made in monitoring compliance when it comes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has done away with random audits linked to specific time frames and will now require of you to illustrate continuous compliance by uploading certificates of […]

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 […]

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 […]