Research Explores Technology-Based Healthcare Model for Botswana
The deteriorating state of patient care in Botswana’s public healthcare centres motivated PhD graduate, Dr Joseph Khengere to explore the development of an innovative technology-based healthcare-monitoring model.
The study was supervised by Professors Indira Padayachee and Prabhakar Rontala Subramaniam.
‘Patient care would improve through technology-based healthcare monitoring as supervisors would be able to monitor healthcare professionals caring for patients at all times and productivity would improve,’ explained Khengere.
Conducting this research was challenging as some potential participants declined to take part and Khengere also had to travel between Botswana and South Africa.
‘I had planned to conduct three case studies, but two institutions did not want to participate. The Ministry of Health and Awareness assisted me in this regard,’ he said.
‘I incurred financial costs travelling from Gaborone to UKZN two to three times a year for some time. I took unpaid leave for two years and stayed away from home while designing and developing the technology-based healthcare monitoring model. The study thus took more time than usual,’ he added.
On the positive side, obtaining his PhD makes everything worthwhile, as it will enhance his academic career as a university senior lecturer in Software Engineering and Project Management.
‘This study is unique in that it combined research and model design. I aim to make a difference by helping society to solve healthcare challenges. Moreover, a PhD improves one’s future prospects and develops transferable skills.’
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal