Yamiko Msosa

Email address: ymsosaAtcs.uct.ac.za

Biography

Yamiko is a PhD student with HPI research school in ICT4D within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. He is a software developer who has worked in various technical and leadership roles for the past 15 years. He obtained an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Essex after attaining a BSc Honours in Computing from the University of Greenwich in the UK. His passion lies in applying his computing skills to improve healthcare delivery and preserve Indegenous Knowledge (IK) in limited resource settings. He is currently investigating effective ways to represent clinical knowledge for guideline-driven clinical decision support systems in low resource settings. 

Research interests

Computerised clinical practice guidelines are a key component of effective clinical decision support systems (CDSSs), especially in low-resource regions such as Malawi. To address shortages in staffing and budgets for training, the practice of `task-shifting', the  clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) enable health workers with limited training to provide a standardised level of care. However, CPGs are traditionally paper-based, with only a few CPGs having been computerised for Malawi's national electronic health record system. His work investigates CPG computerisation challenges and evaluates appropriate strategies for supporting new and revised CPGs for Malawi's CDSS. 

Publications

  • Indigenous Knowledge; A key to unlocking Malawi's potential in achieving millennium development goal 4. African Technology Policy Studies Network 2010. Policy conference proceedings. Cecilia Maliwichi-Nyirenda, Lucy Lynn Maliwichi, Yamiko Joseph Msosa 
  • Easy-to-use Touchscreen Clinical Workstations in Malawian Hospitals and ART Clinics. VSO and Every Child best practices conference proceedings, 2010. Yamiko J. Msosa, Oliver J. Gadabu, Mwatha Bwanali, Soyapi Mumba. 
  • Scalable Open Source eHealth Solutions: A poor resource setting case study. IST-Africa 2012 conference proceedings. Yamiko J. Msosa, Chimango Munthali, Precious Bondwe, Soyapi Mumba. 
  • Touchscreen Clinical Workstations for Anti-Retroviral Scaleup and Support in Malawi. AIDS 2012 conference proceedings. Yamiko J. Msosa, Zach Landis-Lewis