AfroCentric Group, The Innovation Hub, mLab and AfriNurse, an online community for nurses, have joined forces to develop digital solutions to overcome challenges faced by nurses in hospitals.

The group recently hosted the AfriNurse hackathon in Pretoria, during which it challenged nine groups totalling 70 participants to develop innovative, game-changing ideas for modernising nursing.

In each group, nurses from the Tembisa Tertiary Hospital and Louis Pasteur Private Hospital teamed up with student developers from mLab Southern Africa to discuss some of “the most pressing challenges currently facing nurses, explore possible solutions and develop an actionable digital programme for overcoming the issue”.

The hackathon was organised to draw attention to nursing challenges in South African hospitals, and find actionable and financially-valid tech solutions for mitigating the problems.

During the hack, the Health Tech team provided a solution to digitise the “crucial knowledge that nurses need and use every day”.

Health Tech proposed an online space where standardised information on nursing can be digitised in the form of “easy-to-understand text posts or tutorial videos” created by industry professionals, which nurses can access at any point of the day.

The winning team’s online tutorial concept will commence its development in October once the mLab students have concluded their studies and begun their three-month internship with AfriNurse.