Technology & Innovation Directorate
eHealth Research and Innovation Platform (eHRIP)
The eHealth Research and Innovation Platform (eHRIP) focuses on the development of eHealth research, applications and services within the framework of the strategic health objectives of the MRC, which support those of South Africa, Southern Africa and developing countries in general.
The management team leading the different domain areas of eHRIP:
eHealth Strategy and Policy (ESP)
Division Manager: Rosemary Foster
Tel: +27 21 938 0352
The primary focus of the ESP division is to advise and assist the National Department of Health, provincial Departments of Health and other South African, regional and international partners on eHealth matters, especially:
- eHealth policy formulation,
- eHealth strategy development,
- eHealth implementation guidelines,
- relevant eHealth standards,
- practical eHealth architecture,
- and eHealth best practices.
The division aims to keep abreast of current eHealth research findings, publications, standards, trends, architecture, implementations, technologies and devices, especially those relevant to South Africa and Africa.
Health Informatics R&D Co-ordination Division (HIRD)
Division Manager: Lyn Hanmer
Tel: +27 21 938 0343
HIRD focuses on projects and activities related to health information system evaluation, and the development and implementation of health information content standards. There is active liaison with the national Department of Health in the domains of the National Health Information System and eHealth, and Health Technology.
A WHO collaborating centre for the Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) is based in HIRD. A network of South African, Southern African and African stakeholders involved in health coding and classification is being developed and will be maintained and co-ordinated through the WHO-FIC collaborating centre. Read more.
Web & Media Technologies (WMT)
Division Manager: Hendra van Zyl
Tel +27 21 938 0402
WMT carries out eHealth research, using Information and
Communication Technologies (ICTs) within knowledge
management, Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) and Community Informatics (CI) disciplines.
It involves the development, evaluation and
refinement of knowledge transfer models, aiming to establish best practice for research translation and knowledge transfer as well as working within communities on health and scientific topics. Read more.