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Use of Information and Communication Technology by Health Care Providers for Continuing Professional Development in Botswana

Use of Information and Communication Technology by Health Care Providers for Continuing Professional Development in Botswana
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Author(s): Wananani. B. Tshiamo (University of Botswana, Botswana), Mabedi Kgositau (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Mabel Magowe (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 12
Source title: Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kgomotso H. Moahi (University of Botswana, Botswana), Kelvin Joseph Bwalya (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Peter Mazebe II Sebina (University of Botswana, Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2262-1.ch011

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Abstract

The impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the social and economic lives of people including the area of education cannot be overemphasized. Continuing education is an important vehicle for maintaining and improving professional standards and keeping in synch with the latest trends in the profession, especially for health care providers. Hinged on literature review, document review and case study, this chapter aims to elaborate on the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) to health and medical care, and how ICTs can be used as a platform for CPD. Focusing on Botswana as a case study, the chapter explores challenges and issues faced by health care providers in using ICTs to access CPD and includes solutions and recommendations. Challenges identified included underdeveloped ICT infrastructure and limited use of available ICT resources by health care providers.

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