New HIV mobile app guides treatment of patients

Metropolitan Health, the largest administrator of medical schemes in South Africa, has launched a first-of-its-kind HIV treatment guideline app, aimed at healthcare professionals.

Siraaj Adams, Executive Manager of the HIV YourLife programme at Metropolitan Health, explains: “The prevalence of HIV in developing countries has led to task shifting within the healthcare workforce to accommodate the increased demand for health services.

“Consequently, the Nurses Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Therapy (NIMART) often requires further support. Thus, clinical decision support tools are extremely valuable in maximising quality healthcare.”

The (HIV Clinical Guide) mobile application, developed in conjunction with The Open Medical Project South Africa (TOMPSA), reflects the latest developments in HIV medicine and clinical care and serves as a comprehensive HIV treatment guideline for all levels of healthcare professionals. The app is available across both the Android and iOS platforms.

The easy-to-use ‘how to’ guide contains recommendations based on available data and guidelines from authoritative sources such as the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, the Metropolitan Health HIV YourLife Programme and the National Department of Health.

The app covers all aspects of HIV care from diagnosis, to starting criteria for anti-retrovirals, to switching treatment regimes.  The toxicity and adverse reaction pathology calculator determines whether a patient should remain on a specific treatment or switch.  The paediatric and renal dosage calculator is extremely useful in verifying if dosages are appropriately prescribed, and a comprehensive HIV drug formulary allows for easy reference of information such as contra-indications and pharmacokinetics.

“This is just one of the exciting initiatives in the space, and we are looking forward to seeing how it facilitates better treatment and individualised care of patients as part of a comprehensive disease management programme,” concludes Adams