Dr Ronel Kellerman

Public health Unit Manager, Ekurhuleni District DoH

Dr Ronel Kellerman

Public health Unit Manager, Ekurhuleni District DoH

Biography

Appointed as Public Health Unit manager for the Department of Health in Ekurhuleni district since 2009. The Unit included Surveillance, Health Information, Research and M&E.

To improve data quality in the district, Dr Kellerman with the district partner Aurum Institute has piloted an Electronic Tick register in 3 clinics to collect the DHIS information. The system allows clinicians to capture the DHIS information directly onto an electronic tick software in consultation rooms instead of the paper tick registers currently used by clinicians. The system is in the process to be linked to the Web-DHIS, so that the DHIS data is send to Wed-DHIS daily. The e-tick has allowed the nurses to collect more accurate data on Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus, highlighting the high numbers of uncontrolled HT (28%) and DM (49%) cases seen per month as a percentage of the caseload.

Previous work experience: Dr Kellerman has been working in Public health projects since 1997, first for Medicins Sans Frontieres until 2001 and then at Wits School of Public health, where she coordinated the MSc(Med) in the field of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, conducted research on self-management practices and interventions for chronic diseases (Diabetes Mellitus) and developing an electronic Patient Health Information System for chronic disease for rural clinics in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga in a Public Private Partnership with SAP.