It has been predicted that by 2017 there will be ‘‘more mobile phones than people’’ on the planet! Currently three-quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that m-health has the potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe (Beratarrechea et al, 2014)
Development of a Digital Communication Technologies Course at SFUCHAS
SFUCHAS and Warwick University developed their first course on the Use of DCT in Health Care in July 2017.
The DCT course was designed for delivery as an ON-LINE or as BLENDED LEARNING in order to:
- Provide opportunity for hands on training in the use of digital communication as part of the course
- Allow for delivery remotely so extending the potential uptake of the course
The course included a variety of case examples on the use of digital communication from UK and from sub-Saharan Africa which could be adapted in different contexts
The course emphasised on the following principles: confidentiality, consent, professional boundaries and response times
The course was designed to run as a short course (non-credit bearing for health workers.)
Discussions are ongoing to seek approvals from the MOHCDGEC and TAMISEMI to run it as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for the entire country
We will also liaise with the Tanganyika Medical Council to ensure tie in with their developments
To improve service delivery processes, SFUCHAS and Warwick will need to actively engage a wide variety of people such as clinicians, administrative staff, patients and user groups
The overall aim is to ensure that the course is accepted by all the major health professional bodies and beneficiaries
The course is good to me because I have gained a lot of knowledge and additional of new skills on the matter of Digital education on health care with relation to the healthcare workers and patients.
Course Participant1Medical Student - 5th Year
I think the course should be incorporated into the Tanzanian’s Medical Schools curriculum so as to extend its benefits to more medical personnel.