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inPractice® Africa to Speak, Host Users Group and Share Its Unique Online and Offline Educational Platform at SAHIVCS 2014 Conference


Interactive user group, exhibit hall, and live presentation offer SAHIVCS members multiple ways to experience inPractice Africa at annual conference

Clinical Care Options (CCO) today announced that it will have a significant presence at the 2nd annual conference of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHIVCS) in Cape Town, South Africa, 24-27 September 2014. During the course of the 4-day conference, CCO will present at the SAHIVCS Technology Symposium, host an interactive user group and reception, and provide live demonstrations of inPractice® Africa in the exhibit hall.

Produced and funded by USAID and PEPFAR, in partnership with Foundation for Professional Development and the University of the Witwatersrand, inPractice Africa is designed to deliver both online and offline digital education and serve as a point-of-care resource to help clinicians make treatment decisions to all devices in resource-constrained settings. The resource is regularly updated and can be used both for structured training with CPD credit or to quickly search for answers at the point of care. It is available via the inPracticeAfrica.com Web site, an installable Windows application, and Apple and Android apps for smartphones and tablets. In April 2014, the company signed a partnership agreement to bring inPractice® Africa to more than 3000 SAHIVCS members throughout Southern Africa.

On 27 September at 10:30, Edward King, MA, Chief Innovation Officer, Clinical Care Options, will join a panel as part of the SAHIVCS Technology Symposium, where he will share how the inPractice team applied technological innovation to bring digital learning and an easy-to-use point-of-care reference to South African clinicians during the past year.

“In resource-constrained settings, the use of digital medical education and decision support systems is hampered by lack of Internet availability, poor reliability, low bandwidth, and/or cost of service,” said Mr. King. “During the Technology Symposium, I look forward to sharing our progress with inPractice Africa’s pilot program in South Africa and discussing how we have been working with our partners to provide clinicians with this unique platform for both structured training and point-of-care reference.”

Conference attendees can experience inPractice Africa for themselves in the Exhibition Hall, Stand 1, throughout the conference. In addition, the company will host a user group and reception, where users of the platform will have the opportunity to give feedback and ask questions about the resource. The group discussion will be followed by a reception with food and drink. The user group and reception will take place at 18:30, 25 September 2014, in room 2.61 of the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

“We are very excited to partner with the society and participate in the 2014 conference,” said Samantha Parsons, General Manager, inPractice Africa. “The society’s members are on the frontline of critical HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and the conference provides an excellent opportunity to discuss tools and resources, like inPractice Africa, that offer education and treatment information at the point of care. We look forward to hearing first-hand how clinicians are using inPractice Africa in the field, and how we can use their experiences to shape future offerings.”

About Clinical Care Options
Clinical Care Options, LLC, is the leader in the development of innovative educational technology platforms that integrate all levels of medical education and information with personalization and moderated social media. CCO has been a pioneer in the creation of continuing education and decision support resources for healthcare professionals both in the United States and around the globe for more than a decade. For more information, visit clinicaloptions.com.

inPractice Africa was developed in cooperation with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and the University of the Witwatersrand and made possible by a public–private partnership grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and grants from Abbott, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, and Merck pharmaceutical companies, as well as a major investment from Clinical Care Options. To learn about bringing inPractice Africa to your country or project, email info@inpracticeafrica.com.

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