Maurice Mars

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Telecardiology holds great promise for Africa, from tele-echocardiography and tele-ECG s, to home monitoring and text messaging for medication adherence monitoring. The burden of disease is great and there is an extreme shortage of health professionals. Telemedicine can provide access to scarce specialist care, improve the quality of care in rural areas and(More)
Post exercise lymphocytopenia is well documented and attributed to egress of lymphocytes from the vascular compartment. Recent studies have reported exercise induced DNA damage in leukocytes and have questioned a possible link to apoptosis. Eleven subjects underwent a ramped treadmill test to exhaustion. Venous blood samples were taken before, immediately(More)
Radiographs on a viewing box were photographed at a remote hospital in South Africa using a digital camera with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 24-bit colour depth. The resultant images were stored in JPEG format and transmitted as email attachments to be read on a PC monitor by radiologists in Durban and Cape Town. Twenty-seven images were received,(More)
  • Maurice Mars
  • Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official…
  • 2012
BACKGROUND Sub-Saharan Africa has a disproportionate burden of disease and an extreme shortage of health workers. There are already too few doctors to train doctors in specialities and sub-specialties. E-health is seen as a possible solution through distance education, telemedicine, and computerized health information systems but there are few people(More)
OBJECTIVE A review of systematic reviews of the effectiveness and feasibility of videoconference-based telepsychiatry services for resource constrained environments was conducted. Specifically with the aim of producing an evidence-based review of the effectiveness and feasibility of videoconference-based telepsychiatry services in resource constrained(More)
  • M Mars
  • Yearbook of medical informatics
  • 2010
OBJECTIVE The aim of this paper is to identify and report the issues facing human capacity development through the use of telemedicine in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS Data were obtained through literature review and personal observation. RESULTS Sub-Saharan Africa has a great burden of disease and an extreme shortage of health workers. Its countries are(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the pattern of firearm injuries in children under the age of 13 years admitted to a paediatric surgical unit in KwaZulu-Natal and to assess the impact of such injuries on hospital resources. DESIGN Retrospective review of the Department of Paediatric Surgery and hospital databases for all gunshot admissions, 1983-1995 inclusive. (More)
OBJECTIVE In 2009, the Departments of Psychiatry and Telehealth of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) initiated a three year project to develop telepsychiatry services in KwaZulu-Natal. This paper describes the challenges and opportunities of this project. METHOD This was a collaborative, in situ health service project and an action research framework(More)
OBJECTIVE The return on investment (ROI) for utilizing the SIMpill electronic treatment adherence solution as an adjunct to directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS) is assessed using data from a 2005 pilot of the SIMpill solution among new smear-positive tuberculosis (TB) patients in the Northern Cape Province. The value of this cost minimization(More)
OBJECTIVE Psychiatry registrars form the backbone of specialized psychiatric service provision in South Africa. Medical schools are centralized while clinical services need to be widespread and accessible. Video-conferencing has the potential to link registrars at satellite hospitals with academic centers. The study thus evaluated of the use of(More)