South Africa has launched a major effort to strengthen occupational health for healthcare workers and safeguard the health of patients and others visiting health facilities. Strengthening administrative infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures will help reduce TB and other infections in healthcare facilities. The IPConnect suite of mobile health (mHealth) applications will help strengthen administrative IPC procedures and allow National Department of Health staff gather and analyze data for improved occupational health through targeted IPC resources and response. Healthcare staff are given access to IPConnect applications based on staff needs and duties and vary by application.
Occupational risk exposure reporting has three components: anonymous incident reporting, non-anonymous incident reporting, and infection outbreak reporting.
Facility Assessment Tool
The facility assessment tool allows supervisors to quickly and accurately input specific IPC-related observations such as infrastructure, staffing, waste management, etc. and flag areas for follow-up.
An index based search feature for health workers to search topics related to IPC
Case Specific Queries
Initiated by the health worker, the server will receive specific questions and generate immediate responses for the health worker with general information and step-by-step instructions for response
Generated by the system administrator, IPC push notifications are one way and are automatically sent to health workers. This requires no response.
Frequently Asked Questions related to IPC
CO2 Monitoring/Air Quality
A health facility assessment tool for CO2 Monitoring/Air Quality
Client feedback is sent from the mobile or computer-based application directly to the server. The health facility’s system administrator is immediately notified.