Project 5

Evaluating the use, perceived usefulness and impact of a health information system to improve the health of health workers

Lead researchers

  • Jerry Spiegel, UBC
  • Michelle Engelbrecht, University of the Free State -South Africa
  • David Jones, National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)
  • Prince Adu, UBC


Study description

This work evaluates state-of-the-art information technology for knowledge transfer. This project re- introduces an improved information system into the workplace both in hospitals in Free State and across the country in over 250 cites of the National Health Laboratory System in South Africa. The goal is to further evaluate its effectiveness at improving working conditions, challenges with implementation, and over-all impact on meeting various World Health Organization-International Labour Organization guidelines on health of health workers.


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Engelbrecht MC, Yassi A, Spiegel JM, Janse van Rensburg A, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE, Rau A. Protecting our healthcare workers from tuberculosis and blood-borne infectious diseases at three public hospitals in the Free State. Submitted to SouthAfrican Medical Journal. August 2013.

Spiegel JM, Lockhart K, Dyck C, Wilson A, O’Hara LM, Yassi A. Tool, Weapon, or White Elephant? A realist analysis of the five phases of a twenty-year programme of occupational health information system implementation in the health sector. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2012;12(1):84.

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