Research Contracts & Intellectual Property Services _ Technology licensing _ Success stories _ C

Research Contracts & Intellectual Property Services _ Technology licensing _ Success stories _ C

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12/4/11 1/3 www.rcips.uct.ac.za/techlic/stories/celllife/ Print this page Overview Success stories Overview Hot Platinum Cape Carotene Cell-Life Stereotactic Pointer CapeRay Cell-Life Cell-Life (www.cell-life.org) is a pioneering initiative that develops ICT (Information Communication Technology)-based solutions to support the management and monitoring of HIV related activities in the areas of prevention, VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) and treatment. The core focus over recent years has been on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) with additional custom solutions developed in other arenas to meet specific customer requirements. In 1999 UCT's Dr Ulrike Rivett realised that infrastructural limitations presented a major challenge to the successful roll-out of South Africa's ART programme, coupled with the need for 95% compliance by individuals to the ART to prevent the virus from mutating and drug-resistant strains developing. An innovative pill-box combined with a mechanism for reminding patients to take their medication was too expensive and patients had to be encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own lifelong treatment. Professor Jon Tapson, Department of Electrical Engineering, suggested using existing technology to cut costs and cellphones provided the perfect solution, especially with their unequalled reach (in terms of technology) into the target demographic. Cell-Life came into being as a research project, bringing together technology experts in IT, health and engineering. By merging cellphone technology with the Internet and database systems, a medical management system was developed, providing a virtual infrastructure to support patients on ART. The project was first implemented in Gugulethu in 2001 and therapeutic counsellors and home- based carers were provided with cellphones with a simple menu loaded onto the SIM cards. This enabled the carers to collect the
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