Research Article

Tablet computers for recording tuberculosis data at a community health centre in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, Eastern Cape: a proof of concept report

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 56, issue 3, 2014 , pages: 186–189
DOI: 10.1080/20786204.2014.936666
Author(s): Don O’MahonyDepartment of Family Medicine,, Graham WrightDepartment of Family Medicine,


Background: Data at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics are handwritten in registers by nurses for submission to the District Health Information System (DHIS). Compared to pen and paper, data capture, using handheld computers, has fewer errors, is more efficient and is readily accepted by users. This study describes the process of developing a tablet computer programme to capture data, and explores nurses’ experiences of using tablets at a community health centre.

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