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Förslaget inkom 2011-02-25

Innovative IT System for HIV clinics in developing countries

In all heavily affected countries the AIDS epidemic is adding additional pressure on the health sector. As the epidemic matures, the demand for care for those living with HIV rises, as does the toll of AIDS on health workers. Two-thirds of all people infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, although this region contains little more than 10% of the world’s population. During 2009 alone, an estimated 1.3 million adults and children died as a result of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Since the beginning of the epidemic more than 15 million Africans have died from AIDS.

IT Systems enable effective management of patient data, information flow between health units, thus improving patient referrals, and helping to make informed decisions on financing targeted health interventions by the Ministry of Health.

Within the framework of ICT4MPOWER project, the team at Karolinska University Hospital is developing an Innovative Electronic Health Record System, which will be implemented in Ugandan healthcare clinics, especially in rural areas. HIV/AIDS Information Management System (HIMS) is among the highest in the priority for implementation in Uganda.

The research objective of the thesis is to investigate how effective HIV/AIDS information management system should be developed and implemented in Ugandan health units, especially in rural areas.

The detailed activities in the thesis include:
1) Understanding the workflow and information needs in HIV/AIDS clinics of Uganda
2) Design and development of effective HIV/AIDS information management system as part of developer team at Karolinska
3) Innovative way of integration of national clinical guidelines in HIV/AIDS information management system
4) Evaluation of the system in healthcare clinics of Uganda and making necessary adjustments

Software development will be based on Perl, or Python, or Ruby or Java languages, and we expect the candidates to have a passion for software development. The candidate must also be comfortable working in Linux (Ubuntu) environment. Knowledge of Perl is an advantage for this thesis work.

It’s a merit if the candidate has experience in Human Computer Interaction and knowledge in Interactive Systems.

We are seeking bachelor/master students who are passionate in the field of programming (especially Perl and/or Python), but also wants to dedicate his/her skills to help developing countries improve their healthcare indicators in HIV/AIDS applying ICT tools where it makes the most value.

If you are really interested in this thesis work, please dedicate a time frame to put your most relevant experience concerning this thesis in Cover Letter, adjust your CV to point out your strongest points relevant to this thesis, and also attach a transcript of your records.

Please submit the documents in one zip file to [email protected]

Our vision is to contribute towards quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services at the point of need.


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