In 2006, we implemented an innovative electronic system to support nurse-led cervical cancer prevention clinics operating in resource-constrained environments, dubbed “electronic cervical cancer control,” or eC3®. In 2012, we expanded the platform. The new and more robust version is named the eHub, of which eC3® is a component. The eHub forms the cornerstone of the Centre’s unique screening system and represents the first e-based solution to breast and cervical cancer control on the African continent. In time, the eHub will permit rapid expansion of quality-controlled women’s cancer care services in resource-constrained environments as a result of its capacity to:
- allow community health workers and non-physician providers to collect patient data electronically at the point-of-care,
- provide rapid telemedicine-based distance consultation between physicians and non-physician providers, reducing the need for physicians and referrals,
- assist community health workers with cellphone-based patient follow-up,
- help trained nurses and clinical officers select proper treatment modalities,
- support quality improvement, specifically peer and expert review of clinical decisions and pathologic diagnoses,
- help nurses and trained technicians implement digital diagnostics, including cervicography, breast and pelvic ultrasound, mammography, and pathology,
- offer distance education opportunities, including medical education seminars, educational conferences, tumor boards, and clinical pathological correlation meetings.
If you’re interested in collaborating with the African Centre of Excellence for Women’s Cancer Control to develop the eHub, please contact us using this form>.