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School of Clinical Care Sciences

Focal areas: Mobile technology, mobile health, clinical decision making

Duration: 2 years (2014-2015)

Status: Ongoing

Key contact:  Prof Esmeralda Ricks

Principal investigators: Prof Esmeralda Ricks

Researchers: Prof Esmeralda Ricks and Masters students



The success of the Mobile Health Information Project (MHIS) pilot, deployed at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex (PEHC), sparked great interest. It led to the decision to increase the number of health care workers participating in the project and to expanding it to health workers in underserved rural clinics. Designed to improve patient care through evidence-based decision-making in semi-urban areas, the MHIS pilot deployed mobile phones loaded with an extensive health library to enhance the capacity of clinical nurses to treat and care for patients in a comprehensive care environment. Results of the evaluation and testimonials of users clearly indicate that the MHIS provided users with the information they need for improving their practice and that it is an effective and very valuable tool for enhancing patient care. Among the key recommendations of the study is the rollout of the system to more professionals, especially those in the primary health care and occupational health fields where the nurses (and doctors) work in remote areas and do not have access to libraries or any other forms of clinical literature.


The project employed a quantitative design using an explorative, descriptive, and contextual survey.


The survey was developed and distributed to selected registered nurses (purposive sampling). It was completed by 50 registered nurses.

Keywords: Mobile technology, mobile health, care practices, clinical decision making


The research report outlines the results and recommendations