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‘Mobile app playing a vital role in medicine’

Two Cape Town doctors designed an app to help nurses and EMS staff assess patients.

The Mobile Triage App was created by two Cape Town doctors. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The creators of a mobile app aimed to assist overburdened and pressured healthcare providers said mobile technology will play a significant role in dealing with the stresses in South African emergency units.

Cape Town doctors Mohammed Dalwai and Yaseen Khan, from the Open Medicine Project of South Africa, designed a mobile application called the Mobile Triage App to help nurses and emergency medical services (EMS) staff assess patients and sort them in categories of urgency.

Khan said, "Emergency units are busy throughout the world and often we don't find patients that are ill but this particular application helps a nurse in those settings accurately and safely identify who is ill and who is not that ill."

The pair returned from a trip to New York where they were finalists in the Echoing Green Fellowship contest in the category for Open Medicine Projects.

Khan said the competition was a tough one, with organisers unrelenting in their assessments.

"They screen you to some degree, we spent quite a few days in serial interviews and pitching sessions and they look for products that target high burden issues."

LISTEN: _ Mohammed Dalwai and Yaseen Khan talk about the Mobile Triage App_