About Us

The Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine’s Department of TeleHealth was formed in July of 2002. Its initial goals were to establish postgraduate training in medical informatics and telemedicine, to assist the National and Provincial Departments of Health with the development of service telemedicine in the province and to develop an IT based platform for undergraduate and postgraduate medical training to service a multicampus model. The department has worked towards meeting these goals by striving to develop an intergrated model service of teaching which is both scaleable and transportable and that can be used in other African countries to assist in overcoming the shortage of medical teachers and practitioners.

 

Our Mission

The Department of TeleHealth is committed to:

  • Promoting the development and effective use of Telemedicine and Medical informatics in the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal 
  • Establishing a sustainable, cost effective Telemedicine service in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal 
  • Developing postgraduate educational programmes in Telemedicine and Medical informatics that are appropriate to local demands 
  • Conducting appropriate, high quality research that will assist in the use of Telemedicine in developing countries 
  • Introducing Telemedicine into the undergraduate medical curriculum 
  • Developing the disciplines of Telemedicine and Medical informatics 
  • Producing graduates who are able to respond to the changing needs of the community through appropriate and innovative use of information technology 
  • Assisting the College of Health Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in establishing and using information technology for teaching across campuses and teaching hospitals