Daily Archives: November 25, 2016

eRAD Expands Install Base in South Africa at Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

Full eRAD platform for radiology department of nation’s biggest hospital group

GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eRAD announced today that it has successfully deployed its Radiology Information System (RIS) and PACS for Motshudi, Bergman and Ross Radiologists—an imaging practice that will serve as the in-house radiology department for Netcare Pinehaven Hospital in Johannesburg.

eRAD is a subsidiary of RadNet, Inc., and a leading provider of standards-based, web-centric radiology image and data management solutions. The sale came through eRAD’s authorized reseller in South Africa, Cryanic Medical Solutions.

Netcare Pinehaven Hospital is the newest facility built by the largest hospital group in South Africa. Motshudi, Bergman and Ross Radiologists (MBR) were awarded the tender to perform complete in-house radiology services at Pinehaven.

“We knew from the outset that there would be a spotlight on us to perform,” said Dr. Thapelo Motshudi, a specialist radiologist and principal at MBR. “We needed a robust solution that we could deploy without delay, so we could hit the ground running.”

The eRAD platform allows MBR to streamline both the clinical and business workflows of the department. eRAD PACS automates the reading workflow for substantial gains in efficiency. For example, prior studies can be pre-staged to a specific workstation for later comparison, and hanging protocols can correspond with a radiologist’s preferences for that modality and be altered on-the-fly. These and other PACS features help radiologists achieve faster report turnaround times alongside superior image quality.

eRAD RIS allows administrators and clinicians complete visibility into every aspect of the department—from patient waiting room times to productivity trends and equipment utilization rates. Through a seamless interface with the billing system, eRAD RIS promotes billing integrity. MBR can be confident because “caught” codes and other billing issues are minutely tracked and reported on in eRAD RIS.

“We’re a good fit for customers like MBR,” said Yossi Avniel, eRAD’s General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “They needed a clean solution that would work right out of the box, without having to worry about downtime or system issues. And eRAD is the right technology, backed by an expert support team, to help MBR deliver optimal care at Pinehaven. We’re thrilled to have them as part of our growing network in South Africa.”

About Motshudi, Bergman and Ross Radiologists
MBR is a private Radiology practice located in Pinehaven Krugersdorp (Gauteng). MBR offers a wide spectrum of the most technologically advanced imaging options available. The group works in close conjunction with patients and referring doctors to provide the most relevant, clinically useful and safest imaging information. On call 24/7, MBR is proud to be of service to the patients at Pinehaven Hospital and the surrounding Mogale City District. For more information, visit http://www.motshudibergmanross.co.za/.

Contact:
Thapelo Motshudi,
M.D.Specialist Radiologist
2710 410 5777

About eRAD, Inc.
eRAD offers a complete suite of workflow solutions for the imaging industry. Its Meaningful Use Certified Stage 2 RIS, web-based PACS, and multi-site workflow solutions are used by teleradiology businesses, specialty reading groups, multi-site reading groups, hospitals, and outpatient imaging centers. With over 500 customers in the U.S. and abroad, eRAD’s products are available as cloud-based hosted solutions, or as in-house enterprise solutions. For more information, visit www.erad.com.

Contact:
Seth Koeppel, SVP Sales
Cell: 617-821-4175 | skoeppel@erad.com

About Cryanic Medical Solutions
Cryanic Medical Solutions is a company built with a passion for creating cutting edge medical technology, with more than 20 years of experience in the radiological IT field. Cryanic has a strong policy of opening its solutions to meet customers’ needs and is happy to work with the customers’ specific vendors to deliver a better end product and solution. Cryanic focuses on providing solutions to fit its customers, not making customers fit its solution. For more information, visit www.cryanicmedicalsolutions.co.za.

Contact:
Ryan Bricker
+27 83 556 6453

About RadNet, Inc.
RadNet, Inc. is the leading national provider of freestanding, fixed-site diagnostic imaging services in the United States based on the number of locations and annual imaging revenue. RadNet has a network of 306 owned and/or operated outpatient imaging centers. RadNet’s core markets include California, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Rhode Island. In addition, RadNet provides radiology information technology solutions, teleradiology professional services and other related products and services to customers in the diagnostic imaging industry. Together with affiliated radiologists, and inclusive of full-time and per diem employees and technicians, RadNet has more than 7,000 employees.
For more information, visit www.radnet.com

Mineral Resources on statements by Chamber of Mines on Mining Charter

The department has noted statements attributed to the Chamber of Mines regarding the draft reviewed Mining Charter.

The department has engaged comprehensively with the Chamber of Mines on the draft Charter since it was gazetted in April 2016.

The Chamber unfortunately cancelled a confirmed further engagement with the Minister at the eleventh hour. The meeting was scheduled for last Saturday, 19th November 2016.

Legislative development in South Africa is clearly prescribed in the Constitution and other prescripts. The department has not deviated from these requirements.

Furthermore, Government has a responsibility to consult with all its stakeholders and consider their input � it would therefore not be appropriate for the Government to have an exclusionary negotiation with the Chamber on legislation development.

In October 2016, the department shared the progress made on the Charter with the Chamber, having had a number of engagements with the Chamber on the same subject. This constitutes more engagements with an interested and affected stakeholder, when compared to others.

None of the stakeholders consulted have yet been given a copy of the Charter, as the department is in the process of considering and finalising inputs received.

It is interesting to note comments attributed to the CEO of the Chamber saying the previous Charter was co-developed, and yet the Chamber has taken the department to court on the ownership element of the Charter.

Should the Chamber of Mines seek to ‘fight any aspect of the revised Mining Charter that they deem unacceptable’, it would be their prerogative to do so. However, in light of the fact that the reviewed Charter is a document that seeks to encapsulate all of South Africa’s interests and not just the Chamber’s, it would be an unfortunate gesture.

The Minister has always maintained an open door policy of engagement with stakeholders, and looks forward to meeting with the Chamber on this and other matters raised by the Chamber, at its earliest convenience.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Bathabile Dlamini: Tabling of Comprehensive Social Security Document at NEDLAC

Remarks by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, during the tabling of the Comprehensive Social Security Document at NEDLAC

Programme Director;

Minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant;

Deputy Minister of Labour, Chief Phathekile Holomisa

Officials of Government

Ladies and gentlemen;

Firstly; let me begin by thanking the NEDLAC social partners for providing me with this opportunity to address the Executive Committee. I am very pleased to table the much-awaited Consolidated Government Document on Comprehensive Social Security Reform.

The road to this point in our social security policymaking journey has been long and hard; not only because of the complex nature of the issues we need to address; but due to vastness of the terrain we have to cover. I must express my sincere appreciation for the patience that you have shown over the years while waiting for the paper.

The paper I am tabling today; is informed by extensive research, debate and deliberations within government, including international partners who provided useful research and other information to support the proposals.

You may be aware that development of this paper was initiated in 2006 when Cabinet appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Comprehensive Social Security Reform which is chaired by the Minister of Finance.

The IMC; supported by an Inter-Departmental Task Team (IDTT) officials from the relevant Departments to provide technical support and make recommendations to the IMC. What I am presenting today is the outcome of a five year of extensive research, robust debate and engagement among the departments.

I will not go into the details of the Paper, because the officials will do that. However, I think it is important to emphasise some of the key principles and highlight the main elements on the proposals. First and foremost, we are guided by the Constitution; which guarantees the right of access to social security for all.

From this we draw our principle of universal coverage which we must strive for, as we identify all the reasonable measures to achieve this. In this regard, we propose the extension of our social grants programme to those who are currently excluded. This includes looking at providing social assistance for those between the ages of 18 and 59.

The second key principle relates to social solidarity. This means that social risks must be shared by everyone, in a common pool, where everyone contributes according to their means, while receiving benefits according to their needs. This is the essence of risk pooling that we aim to establish in respect of mandatory contributions for retirement, death and disability benefits for all workers.

The third principle relates to transparency and fairness in our subsidy programmes. We need to create a much clearer relationship between our social grants programme; tax subsidies and rebates. The end result would be that high income earners do not receive higher benefits from the state than lower income earners.

Another important principle guiding the reform proposals is the provision of minimum guarantees, to ensure that contributors have adequate benefits. These considerations were key determinants of the benefit design proposals contained in the paper.

It is a fact that even within government, there was difference of opinion on key elements of the policy proposals which contributed to the prolonged delays in finalising the paper.

This is to be expected, given the complexity of the issues, and large number of stakeholders and interests that must be taken into account in developing coherent and inclusive policy proposals.

However, it is important to state that although the paper was not released in 2012, government’s commitment to social security reform did not waver. The President re-established the IMC on Comprehensive Social Security to expedite the process. The National Development Plan (NDP) dedicated a whole chapter to social protection, and following this, government elevated the reform agenda into a specific outcome in terms of the Medium Term Strategic Framework.

In the 2014-2019 MTSF, I was tasked with leading the coordination of Outcome 13: ‘An inclusive and responsive Social Protection system.’ In addition, the ruling party also made clear political commitments regarding comprehensive social security reform.

Since 2007, all ANC resolutions referred to the need to finalise the reform proposals and implement a national fund for social security based on the principles of social solidarity and inclusiveness. Today government is finally heeding to that call of the governing party.

Between 2012 and 2015, attempts were made to keep this work alive by government. However, combination of institutional memory loss and competing perspectives led to a substantial revision of the 2012 paper as reflected in the Report on the Review of the Implementation of the White Paper for Social Welfare.

In 2015, I requested the Ministerial Committee on the Review of the Implementation of the White Paper for Social Welfare (1997) to also look into social security independently. Under the leadership of Professor Vivienne Taylor; who also serve as a Commissioner in the National Planning Commission responsible for Social Security. The Committee dedicated a Chapter to social security.

After reviewing the two papers on comprehensive social security tabled in Cabinet; first by the National Treasury in 2012 and the secondly by the Department of Social Development in 2015.

The Committee also made the following recommendations which were tabled and approved in Cabinet:

Adopt and implement the proposals on comprehensive social security;

Adopt the options with strongest alignment to the proposals in the 2012 paper, for the establishment of a single National Social Security Fund.

On 08 June 2016, Cabinet endorsed these recommendations, preferring the proposals contained in the 2012 discussion paper. This is also in line with the resolutions of the governing party at its National General Council in October 2015, which stated that Government should release the discussion paper to NEDLAC and support the introduction of the National Social Security Fund.

The 2012 paper being tabled today may be a bit dated. However, read together with the NDP, we believe it will provide an adequate base for consultations and will enable us to move forward on this matter together with our social partners.

I thank you

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Fikile Xasa conveys condolence to Mtirara family

MEC Xasa’s words of comfort to the Mtirara family

COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa has received with shock the news of the passing away of Nkosi Daludumo Mtirara of AbaThembu nation in the OR Tambo District Municipal area. Nkosi Mtirara died last night.

MEC Xasa described the late Mtirara as a young man with a potential to contribute to the unity and stability of AbaThembu nation and the country as a whole.

His death is a loss to all of us. On behalf of the Eastern Cape Government, I would like to send heartfelt condolences to the Mtirara family, relatives, next of kin and the entire AbaThemnbu nation for the loss of their loved one.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Albert Fritz visits Old Age Home in Mitchells Plain

MEC Fritz to continue older persons and Old Age Home oversight visits this weekend

This Sunday, as part of his ongoing anti-older abuse oversight visits in the run up to the festive season, Western Cape MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz, will conduct a visit to 300 seniors in Mitchells Plain.

The visit forms part of his ongoing monitoring and outreach to the elderly across the province.

These visits are important especially as we head towards the festive season, when many older persons experience neglect or abuse. MEC Fritz will also hold an early Christmas party for the elderly, to mark the nearing of the end of the year.

Source: Government of South Africa