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Investing in African fab medicine.

Investing in African fab medicine. SoftTech Health, a New York-based company, is donating $1,000,000 to the African Society of Laboratory Medicine to help healthcare labs in Africa strengthen their quality systems, while bypassing technical obstacles that have traditionally precluded such projects. This donation, by Craig Madison, Senior Partner of SoftTech Health, is the first $1 million of a pilot project that will provide labs in 47 African countries with no-cost software licensing, servers, connectivity, systems maintenance, ongoing training, and support.

A key to the success of this project is SoftTech Health's plan to address a critical obstacle: Africa does not have the capability to host a solution of this scale due to the lack of a technical infrastructure. Existing Information Technology capability is sporadic, there are not enough trained personnel, and there are not enough funds available to remedy the situation by developing the technical systems piece by piece. The SoftTech Health Project will enable healthcare labs across Africa to effectively leap-frog over years' worth of traditional infrastructure evolution. In conjunction with the CDC, the first stage of the project is providing the labs in Africa with Quality Management systems which are internationally recognized by authorities such as the CAP and ISO. Later stages will encompass software for Occurrence Management, Feedback Management, Proficiency Management, and Accreditation Management.

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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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