Health Information and Technology SIG

About this Special Interest Group

The Health Information and Technology Special Interest Group (HIT SIG) strives to increase the availability and use of technologies that has the potential of having a significant impact in the promotion of public health. It aims to facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration between people who are passionate about improving the lives of others. Current interests of the SIG include healthcare service delivery, capacity building of NGOs, technologies for the disabled, emergency medicine, health education, and user experience.

The Health Information and Technology Special Interests Group’s Committee Members

Dr Funmi Adebesin

Funmi is a senior lecturer in the Department of Informatics, University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD degree in Information Technology. Her research interest is in the use of ICTs to support effective and efficient healthcare service delivery. She was part of the research team that developed the South African Health Normative Standards Framework (HNSF) commissioned by the National Department of Health and gazetted by the Minister of Health in 2014

Mr Dewald Du Plooy

Dewald is currently working as a software engineer at a company that provides cloud based eCommerce services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Africa. He studied computer engineering at the University of Pretoria. He is passionate about developing technologies that improve lives, building on what others have done, using the best tool for the job. Specifically, he is interested in providing NGOs with low cost, scalable technologies that can reach the masses, and developing of technologies that help the disabled.

Ms Charné Janse van Rensburg

Charné is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pretoria. She plays the following roles in various organisations:

  • Chairperson of Clothing and Branding, Pulse Medical Student Society
  • Standing Committee on Reproductive Health and AIDS, International federation of medical students associations, South African medical students association, UP Branch
  • African Regional Representative, The Student Network Organisation, as part of The Network towards Unity for Health
  • Member of the TUKS Undergraduate Research Forum

Her interest in this SIG relates to her own in UX studies in HCI, (user experience studies, human computer interaction). She is interested in the way this can be applied to health care, and wants to use it in her future career. She believes that by applying UX principles, we can develop low cost mobile solutions for the RSA government health facilities in a way that is simple, flexible and most importantly, sustainable. She is passionate about providing a student’s/training perspective to this SIG.

Mr Mark Muwanguzi

Mark has a masters in computer engineering and trying to attempt a PhD in “ehealth” in particular emergency medicine as its the new kid on the block in Africa. He has worked with several doctors across Africa and the US on several projects ranging from eSurveillance, telemedicine, tele-education and eHealth. He is passionate about health, technology and automation.

Mr André van Zyl

André is passionate about health promotion and sees technology as a useful tool in this field. He has an honours degree in psychology and is currently obtaining his master’s degree in public health. He believes that technology could improve access to health information. André is also interested in the use of web-based technologies to support the development of NGO’s and to educate and inform public health professionals.

How to join this group

Any PHASA member is welcome to join the HIT SIG. To register as a PHASA member, complete the online registration form and select the HIT SIG under the special interest groups section. Existing PHASA members who did not sign-up for the SIG during their initial registration can update their profiles on the PHASA website.

For more information, please contact André van Zyl: