Netcare is aiming to have all its patient and clinical records in digital format within three years.
This will allow patients to have quick and easy access to their own medical records, the company said after releasing its results for the six months to end-March.
Netcare's new digital platform will operate on Apple iOS, which means that doctors will be able to access records from their mobile phones or iPads, Netcare said.
Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s Hospital division, says the project is very much in its infancy, and more detailed information is not available at this stage.
Still, it is expected that the new digital platform will allow nurses to spend more time caring for patients by “reducing repetitive administrative tasks”. The new platform is integrating “world-leading drug interaction software will also be introduced to automatically flag and prevent any potential drug interactions or medication related errors".
Netcare saw a 3.5% increase in the total number of days for all patients who were admitted in the past six months. This contributed to the cash generated from its SA operations (R1.6 billion) increasing by almost a third.
Revenue grew by 8% to almost R10 billion, while headline earnings were up by 8,5%. The group recently decided to exit the UK after it couldn’t secure lower rent for its hospitals there.
It also closed its Mozambican emergency services operations at the end of 2017.