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Humble printers, projectors, make healthcare smarter

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It’s critically important for health care professionals to get the best possible value from their technology which is why selecting innovative technology that saves time, reduces costs, and boosts efficiency have become critical factors, writes HUGH DAVIES of Epson.

Health care professionals in private and public health care have access to a vast array of technology products that support patient care, many of which can boost efficiency, streamline productivity, assist with the business of medicine, and importantly, help make more time to spend with patients.

When it comes to providing the best possible care in hospitals and other health care facilities, there’s simply no substitute for patience, time and thoroughness. This is true in hospital wards, pharmacies, waiting and administration environments, diagnostic meetings and training sessions, which are all environments that place high demands on time and resources.

It’s critically important for health care professionals to get the best possible value from their technology – we know that cost pressures are as much a reality as time is of the essence in the health care industry. Choosing innovative technology that saves time, reduces costs, and boosts efficiency have become critical factors for any business, and at Epson, we give you the power to keep costs under control and keep a focus on high quality care.

Ways to work the ward

Clear identification of files, laboratory samples and other patient collateral is vital to the integrity of a healthy ward environment. Writing outpatient details on every item attached to their care is a wasteful use of a health care professional’s time – and it makes patients vulnerable to risks exposed by human error. It’s much easier, more efficient and safer to print out the needed amount of long lasting labels within the ward environment.

Fast printing in pharmacies and medical rooms

Pharmacists can avoid lengthy queues by printing labels for medication quickly and accurately, while prints include colour coding to reinforce alerts and warnings for patients. Similarly, patient files in medical waiting rooms can be easily labelled and colour coded to minimize waiting time. Practices that invest in a high speed scanner can capture paper-based records into an electronic database, reducing paper costs, storage space, and time taken to file and retrieve paper-based documentation.

Getting test and scan results out, quickly

Other allied professionals can use technology to their advantage too. For example, the team at Dr de Villiers and Partners, a privately owned radiology practice at Johannesburg’s Netcare Garden City Clinic, replaced its expensive and time-consuming conventional system of producing X-ray films with digital radiography. X-ray results can be produced digitally, with images and reports being written to a CD.

Away with waiting room woes

Medical professionals can add value to patients’ waiting time by displaying useful information related to healthcare, using space-saving, ultra-short-throw projectors. These same projectors could be used for training and review meetings within hospitals or academic environments, making effective use of small spaces to boost health care providers’ knowledge and experience.

We know that every second counts when it comes to managing medical environments – just as much as every cent counts. There are many cost-effective solutions that boost efficiency just by changing one or two elements of the working day, and the results that can be achieved by doing this are truly remarkable.

Hugh Davies, Business Development Manager, Epson South Africa

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Load-shedding leads
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South Africans are searching in the dark, according to the latest Google Search trends.

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With more 1 million search queries generated in the space of 76 hours, load-shedding was by far the top trending search on Google South Africa this week.

Valentine’s Day came a distant second.

After news emerged last Sunday of the impending stage 3 load shedding, South Africans had generated more than 1-million load-shedding search queries by the time Tuesday came around:

  • “Loadshedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Eskom load shedding” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding Cape Town” – generated more than 50k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 400k on Monday
  • “Load shedding Johannesburg” – generated more than 20k searches on Monday
  • Load shedding schedule” generated more than 200k search queries on Tuesday

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, South Africans generated close to 300k search queries related to the romantic festival, including searches for quotes and gift ideas:

  • “Valentines Day” generated more than 100k search queries on Thursday
  • “Happy Valentines Day Images” and “Valentines Day Images” generated more than 10k search queries each on Thursday, with “Happy Valentines Day 2019” generating more than 20k search queries on Wednesday
  • “Valentines Day Specials 2019” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Love quotes” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Valentines Day quotes” generated more than 100k search queries and “Valentine messages” generated more than 50 000 search queries on Wednesday

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers.

Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9Tomb Raider 2018, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron to name a few) have featured substantial shoots in Johannesburg and Cape Town. While providing great opportunities for SA’s production talent, aspiring writers and directors don’t get the same benefit.

So where can local creatives showcase their work? Broadcast TV isn’t a natural home for unknown short films, and while self-publishing platforms are readily available hosting options, it’s tough to get noticed and get traffic when competing with videos from across the planet.

But with the emergence of video-on-demand services into the mainstream, there’s now a solution. The African film school AFDA has teamed up with the streaming service Showmax to give local talent a much larger platform than ever before. From 18 February, eighteen of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax. Drama, documentary, fantasy, and animation are all represented, in pieces running from under eight minutes to almost half-an-hour long. The full list of movies is included below.

Teresa Passchier, CEO of AFDA, said: “AFDA, Africa’s number-one school for the Creative Economy, is proud to kickstart this exciting and meaningful journey with Showmax and AFDA students, ensuring emerging young African filmmakers’ voices are heard and given a platform. It’s ground-breaking to share young, local, culturally relevant content on the same platform as Hollywood blockbusters. I am certain that this unique initiative will serve to boost and develop the African film industry and the careers of many young South African and African students alike.”

Included in the short films coming to Showmax are the award winners Junior and O-PunchaJunior, directed by Bert Dijkstra, picked up the Audience Award in the Made in South Africa Competition at the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Awards 2017. O-Puncha, directed by Adam Hansen, won two awards at the 5th annual Eldorado Film Festival: Best Student Made Short, and Best Editing – Alexander La Cock.

Another celebrated film is Sicela Amanzi directed by Mlu Godola, which talks to the subject of water shortage. The film’s heroine Zoleka is a mild-mannered young woman forced to go to extreme lengths when a small community’s only source of water unexpectedly collapses. The power of films like this is they shine a light on critical topical issues in new ways.

Speaking about working with the film school, Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content for Showmax, said: “There’s immense depth of filmmaking talent in Africa and it’s a privilege to be able to give that talent a home and a platform. Showmax is becoming part of the fabric of film and TV production in Africa, and importantly we’re doing this as a partner rather than just as a consumer. This is a key competitive advantage of being local and something we aim to continue to work on.”

AFDA is an Academy Award-winning institution, founded in 1994, and the first and only African film school to win an Oscar – for the Best Foreign Student film in 2006, the postgraduate film Elalini, directed by Tristan Holmes.

The full list of AFDA short films coming to Showmax is as follows:

Film titleDirectorGenre
Lullaby from the CryptKeenan Lott & Raven DavidsAnimation
Ko Ga CherenyaneSibonokuhle MyatazaDocumentary
IzilwaneKyllian RouxDrama
MallemeuleJaco Van BoschDrama
Canal StreetBrodie MuirheadDrama
On the FenceWarrick BewsDrama
The Righteous FewLindo LangaDrama
Hlogoma PeakLuke AhrensDrama
Frozen FlameCameron HeathmanAnimation
WolfBrett van DortFantasy
The Walk HomeSisanda DyantyiDrama
BearWesley RoodtDrama
JuniorBert DijkstraDrama
O-PunchaAdam HansenDrama
UmngenoSiphosethu NdungeDrama
DoreenLuvuyo Equiano NyawoseDrama
ForeverLindo LangaMusical
Sicela AmanziMlu GodolaDrama

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