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CCI Faculty Deborah Turner and Michelle Rogers Author Case Study on Health Care in Uganda

August 28, 2014

Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) faculty members Assistant Professor Deborah Turner, PhD, and Associate Professor Michelle Rogers, PhD authored a paper titled "Documents and Diagnosis: A Ugandan Case Study" at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Document Academy Kent State University in Kent, Ohio (August 7-9, 2014).

In her presentation of the paper, Turner specifically discussed the findings of an initial study about how the past and current medical information is stored in the memories and oral information of those seeking health care. Further, even with increased effort to introduce electronic health records and mHealth practices and resources to all parts of the globe, some resource poor communities continue to have a rich resource in oral and paper-based information.

Turner and Rogers say an additional study will be needed to obtain data that can substantiate and verify initial impressions gleaned from observations made during a brief trip to Uganda in February 2014, where they and other Drexel researchers joined a Ugandan Vocational Training Team (VTT) of medical experts in the fields of obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics & neonatology, informatics, nursing, midwifery, public health, human trafficking, and global health as part of the Maternal and Child Health Care Education Project. There, Drexel researchers were able to assess how best to share their knowledge and expertise with their Ugandan counterparts from Makerere University, Mulago Hospital, and selected rural health centers to promote the training of health workers at community level, in part by using information and communication technology (ICT) for distance learning, all in support of the survival of mothers and newborns (neonates).