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Homelessness in South Africa

Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues in this country and it is more than just not having a roof over your head, understanding the multiple types of homelessness will help prevent it from happening. There are many factors that contribute to this awful epidemic in South Africa. Burns (1992:3 and 11) [i]argues that […]

HIV and AIDS: A South African Epidemic.

HIV and Aids have been wiping the nation since the early 80s with over 7.1 million [i]people living with HIV in South Africa. The UN reported that more than three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths occurs in South Africa making it the country with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. The South African president has […]

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food, so it’s easy to overindulge in rich foods that aren’t so good for you. It is also easy to lose track of how many calories you’re taking in. It doesn’t mean you have to avoid socializing with business associates, friends […]

How To Stay Healthy When Seasons Change

As we begin to transition from winter into the warmer temperatures of spring, we find ourselves shifting gears and coming back into more structured routines. Winter chills may have caused you to let go of your active lifestyle and instead settle for lazing around the house, watching more TV than you should, and making unhealthy […]

Traditional Medicine vs Modern Medicine

Although modern medicine is one of the largest industries in the world, it is hard to ignore the fact that the use of herbal remedies and traditional medicine continues to be on the rise in Africa. In a report conducted by the World Health Organization Africa[1] it indicated that 80% of Africa’s societies entrust on traditional […]

Top Foods To Eat For Better Skin

Most of us are aware that diet and nutrition helps us live and maintain healthy lifestyles and most importantly, to avoid chronic diseases. It should therefore come as no surprise that the key to flawless skin begins with the food choices you make every day. Everywhere we look, famous beauty brands are launching and pushing product after product on us, many of […]

How to take care of your your health in winter

Health issues such as colds, joint pain, and dry skin can be worsened by the cold weather. Help keep yourself and your family healthy through winter by using these tips.

All You Need To Know About Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a public health threat that affects millions of people across the globe. Although it is usually caused by a viral infection, there are other common causes – there is autoimmune hepatitis and one that occurs as a result of medication, drugs and alcohol.   A recent study by The [1]Lancet reveals that 1.45 […]

What Employers Can Do To Alleviate Poor Health At Work

Lack of productivity among employees is often associated with ill health in the workplace and looking at the consequences, it comes as no surprise that more global brands are starting to recognize the impact that workplace health and wellness can have on productivity. Looking at the high rate of obesity in the country, one has […]

Almost A to Z – Our top fruit picks

Winter is around the corner, thus it’s time to prepare our immune systems accordingly. Vitamin C is probably the one vitamin that’s most frequently mentioned during winter but you require all vital vitamins and minerals to build up your immune system. Fruit aka nature’s candy, is the most delicious and nutritious way to consume vitamins. […]

How Much Do You Know About Lupus?

Welcome To Lupus Awareness Month! May is celebrated worldwide in commemoration of people living with Lupus and also raises public awareness about the disease. Join us and let’s be in support of those fighting against this wicked illness and put on a PURPLE color this month. According to Lupus Foundation statistics, it is estimated that […]

Secondhand Smoke Continues To Kill Innocent Souls – STOP SMOKING!

Did you know that about 860 000 people die each year as a result of being exposed to second hand smoke? It’s a worrying fact and we at, Healthshare believe that if one person can quit smoking each day, potential lives can be saved: that of a smoker and non smoker. Let it start with […]

ASI Ukpo Hospitals x Healthshare Press Release

Signing On the 9th of November 2017 representatives of ASI Ukpo Hospitals Ltd led by retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Ukpo, the Chairman, signed a management agreement with Healthshare Integrated Solutions Limited, a hospital management company based in South Africa. The partnership is for the management of ASI Ukpo Hospitals consisting of ASI Ukpo Diagnostics & […]

Fast facts about vitamin A

Tips on how to learn sign language

It is World Hearing Day on the 3rd of March and we thought this year we’d create awareness around the day by giving you a few tips should you wish to learn the art of sign language or ASL (American Sign Language). Not only will you be able to better understand and communicate with deaf […]

The Benefits of cacao

Chocolate is a thing most deem unhealthy and best steered clear of. With that being said, we believe anything consumed in moderation is good for you; nothing wrong with a bit of treat now and again. However have we considered the main ingredient and its benefits? Let’s have a look at what cacao can do […]

Love your heart – 8 tips for a healthy heart

The heart is a symbol that drives Valentine’s Day and the month of love. So, we propose that this year you focus on taking care of and loving your heart. From consuming your 5 a day to cutting down on salt; there are many simple things you can do to aid a healthy heart. To […]

Starting small – Top tips to sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a New Year and naturally you’d have your resolutions listed. Perhaps becoming more active, eating healthier or losing a few kilos have made your list?  You feel amped and ready to reach those goals only the feeling doesn’t last too long. We’re here to give you some tips and great exercises to get you […]

Foods your kidneys will love – Infographic

Quick and easy exercises that will help you on your way to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

For many of us losing weight are at the top of our New Year’s resolutions lists. However, on how many occasions do we put exercise on the list as well? Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes if you wish to lose weight in a healthy manner. Don’t give up just yet. We’ve compiled a few […]

Healthshare’s top tips to surviving the back-to- work January blues

Few things can match the disappointment of having to return to work or school after a fantastic holiday. Healthshare, however, is already hard at work and we’ve come up with a short survival guide to help you through that back-to-work blues. Leverage the positives If you’ve gone away for the holidays, you’ll be well rested […]

Public Healthcare

Splendid benefits and uses of baking soda

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, has benefits and uses that go way beyond banking. If you have a box in your cupboard, keep it handy because we’re going to share with you a few amazing benefits of using baking soda. Please be advised that these uses and remedies will render different results for various […]

Top food safety tips to keep in mind

Food is something we deal with on a daily basis yet how aware are we of the risks we face when mishandling it during preparation and cooking? We would like to keep those risks to a minimum by making you aware of a few vital food safety tips. When buying food: Always check the expiry […]

What World Patient Safety Day and Day of Reconciliation have in common

The Day of Reconciliation marks a significant day in history for various reasons that each South African holds dear. 16 December was celebrated as a public holiday after the 1994 democratic elections in order to help South Africans reunite and reconcile with a promise of a shared future regardless of race or culture. However, long […]

The truth behind drinking and driving over the festive season – Don’t Drink and Drive

10 Ways you can get festive with your diet

If you ask us, the best part about the festive season is the food. Roast… Christmas pudding… Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the festive season fully, you just need to eat smart. Here are a few ways you can get festive with your diet. Don’t worry about it: When you’re under stress, maintaining healthy […]

Home remedies that may help with your spring cold and allergies

Spring is a gorgeous season but is often marred by stifling allergies and colds. If you’re someone prone to spring colds or allergies, here are a few home remedies that could help. Please note that this advice should not be seen as a substitute medical advice. Apple cider vinegar: Dilute some apple cider vinegar with […]

Common myths around diabetes busted

Careful, don’t eat that birthday cake for breakfast, you may just get diabetes. Many of us have at least once or twice heard the threat of diabetes mentioned with regards to eating habits. What we here at Healthshare would like to know is; how true are some of these claims? Allow us to bust a […]

Warning signs of a stroke

The symptoms of a stroke depend on how much a certain area of the brain has suffered the loss of blood supply. A mild stroke may cause the temporary weakness in the arms or legs however more severe strokes can leave people paralysed on the one side of their body or causes the loss of […]

Wash after you flush – Why is washing your hands so important?

Washing hands seems like a mundane concept, however, have you ever taken a moment to think how important this simple action really is to your health? Here are a few facts that may make you think twice about skipping a good hand scrubbing. According to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) a good […]

What you need to know about arthritis

The word ‘arthritis’ essentially means joint inflammation however, the term can be used to describe approximately 200 rheumatic disease and conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52.5 million adults report having been diagnosed with a form of arthritis. What is arthritis? Contrary to popular belief, arthritis does not refer to a […]

How to wash your hands properly – Infographic

Why spreading health awareness is important

Running a healthcare establishment is busy work; however community health awareness initiatives should not be brushed off. Healthshare can help by customising a healthy living project to fit the needs of both the clients and communities. In order to create health awareness, it is important to understand what it entails. It is the process of […]

3 Reasons why Hospital Management is vital and how Healthshare Health Solutions can help

There are many pitfalls within the medical industry from medications to grieving family members, staff workload management to operations. Everyone within the industry would know that without a proper management structure in place, these problems could become disastrous. Allow Healthshare Health Solutions to share a few reasons why having a proper hospital management structure in […]

Could you be allergic to exercise?

Exercise plays a vital role in our general well-being, however, many people don’t take too well to the idea. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis aka an allergic reaction to exercise could be that excuse every child at school has been dreaming of owning in order to get out of physical education. What is exercise-induced anaphylaxis? According to research […]

MedHealth customer base up 60% – Malawi

What you need to know about Alzheimer’s Disease – Infographic

Know your ABCDEs – The warning signs of Melanoma

Have a mole that has raised some concern? New studies have revealed that existing moles are the source of less than one-third of melanomas. Majority appears on the skin as new spots. What is melanoma? Let’s start at the beginning. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is often caused by ultraviolet […]

Spring fling health and fitness tips everyone should know

Hello spring, hello new beginnings! Spring doesn’t only bring longer and warmer days but symbolises change. Springtime is the opportunity for you to freshen up your lifestyle and kickstart the journey to a newer, healthier, more active you! Let us share some top tips on how you can stay healthy this spring. Get outside: The […]

Nine-year old South African child’s unique case could mean a cure for HIV

A nine-year old South African child’s miraculous HIV remission could possibly mean the answer to a cure that has eluded doctors across the world for years. This anonymous child caught the infection from his/her mother at birth and was given treatment shortly after birth as part of a clinical trial. Doctors have stopped the treatment […]

Climate change and the effects on our health – Infographic

Occupational Health: Should employees be allowed to take a mental health day?

Depression and anxiety are two things many employees in South Africa suffer from and just like the flu for example, it can have a negative impact on work performance if employees don’t take care of their mental health. According to the South African IDeA Report of 2015: 54% of people who’ve experienced depression report that […]

Don’t skip a beat – Everything you need to know about heart palpitations

Hey, your heart just skipped a beat, must be because you saw a fair lady, right? Be it skipping, fluttering, in romantic situations or stressful situations, fact remains, when your heart beats at an abnormal rate, even for a few seconds or so, it can feel quite alarming. Allow us to give you a couple […]

Winter health tips for the mind, body and soul

Winter is the perfect time to take care of yourself and love yourself. While many may take advantage and start indulging over these cooler months, there is absolutely no reason to wait until spring to make a change. Here follows a few winter health tips that may help you keep a healthy mind, body and […]

18 Home Remedies and a recipe that may help you survive flu season

It’s that time of the year. Sore throats, the sound of sneezing and coughing around every corner. Flu season. If you don’t wish to spend a lot of money on medication or you wish to explore alternative healing methods or aids, allow us to delve into 18 home remedies that may help fight the flu. […]

Your blood can save lives – Infographic

World Blood Donor Day – Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often.

Your blood can save lives. We’ve all heard the statement but somehow just brush it off. Sure, we donate our bit of blood or a few run into the hills whenever the SANBS arrives. Little do we realise what a big difference one donation can actually make. World Blood Donor Day is observed in June […]

A look inside the Fast Food industry – Infographic

Is that pot in your pot? Hottest health and fitness trends for 2017

Let’s take a look at the hottest fitness trends for 2017. –          More people are relying on wearable technology such as fitness trackers and smartwatches to maintain a healthy lifestyle. –          Due to its ease and anywhere-anytime quality, body weight training is fitness trend that has increased in popularity. People are turning to no-equipment […]

Bizarre Alternative uses for cola that’ll make you think twice before drinking it

No one can deny the pleasure an ice cold beverage brings on a hot day. Many health practitioners preach about the side effects of sugary drinks but we thought we’d put it in perspective for you. Have you thought of what else a can of cola can be used for? Have a look. 1. You […]

Benefits that show that salt is actually good for your health

Hypertension day is around the corner and many think salt to be a leading cause of hypertension. You are encouraged to keep your salt intake to a minimum so as to conserve your health. While we agree that salt should indeed be consumed in moderation, we have discovered a few health benefits that prove that […]

World Immunisation Week – 24-30 April

World Immunisation Week is geared towards raising awareness about the importance of full immunisation from infancy through to adulthood. This week usually takes place annually from 24 to 30 April and is observed across the globe. To contribute, we’ve created a Vaccine calendar for infants with information sourced from FedHealth. Below we will elaborate on […]

South African Vaccine Schedule

Suffering in secret – Adults suffer from ADHD too

ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADD normally occurs in children. However, if you’re an adult and have not been diagnosed as a child, it doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily dodged a bullet. Many working adults may be suffering from ADHD without realising it. ADHD in adults reaches far beyond fidgeting and the inability to focus […]

Newsflash! Common weight loss myths busted

So, you’re on a diet, are you? Swopping that coca cola for diet coke, French fries for baked potatoes? Everyone who embarks on a weight loss programme is bound to get a lot of advice from many people. However, how credible is said advice? We figured it’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff […]

Bizarre Medical Conditions you wouldn’t believe exist

When you think of vampires, werewolves and tree men your thoughts generally move towards the last fantasy movie you’ve watched. You wouldn’t think these medical conditions may exist. We’ve discovered some rather bizarre medical conditions that may leave you speechless. Alien Hand Syndrome While the name sketches a horrifying image, this syndrome doesn’t involve any […]

Netcare Unitas Hospital delivers on their extraordinary promise

Healthshare Health Solutions is proud to have played a role in the successful separation of conjoined twins, Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane, earlier this year. Bongekile, 20 year old mother of conjoined twin girls, Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane, had something far greater to celebrate than her 20th birthday. Robert Jordaan, general manager at Netcare Unitas, the […]

32 Strange Health Facts that may have a ring of truth to them

We’ve discovered some strange health facts that might just boggle your mind and cause you to swear off fast-food forever. Violence can lower your cholesterol? A study of 79 777 patients was conducted which revealed violent criminals to have a lower cholesterol level than non-violent people. If you lost your stomach, 80% of your intestines, and […]

World TB Day – Global TB Statistics

The secret life of nurses in South Africa

It comes as no surprise that nurses are the backbone of the medical industry. While doctors do noble work, nurses sustain it. Whether it’s holding patients’ hands during times of fear, inoculating children or cleaning up after a patient has been discharged, one could argue that they do the most important work of all. Approximately […]

10 Bizarre ways to lose weight without exercising

Let’s not kid ourselves. Everyone has at least once, or is still, looking for a quick way to lose weight without having to exercise. Exercise is for sissies! When it comes to weight loss, the amount of calories you take in has a greater impact on your chances of losing weight than exercise. We’ve done a […]

The 5 elements of the National Healthy Lifestyles Day 2017 and how you can take part

The South African government uses the National Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Day to encourage South Africans across the country to participate in the following 5 main elements: Promoting good nutrition Regular physical activity Tobacco control Interventions against alcohol and substance abuse Promotion of safe sexual behaviour National Healthy Lifestyles Day takes place on 22 February annually, […]

Healthshare Health Solutions to assist with The African Cancer Center’s development in Lagos

Healthshare Health Solutions to assist with The African Cancer Center’s development in Lagos   Healthshare Health Solutions was awarded the contract for phase 1 of the African Cancer Center’s pre-construction development during an ACC Board meeting on 11 January 2017 in Nigeria. Tony and Frank attended the meeting on behalf of Healthshare in Nigeria where […]

#NewYearNewYou Tips to start and stick to a Diet and Exercise plan

Okay, tell us if this looks familiar: Top New Year’s resolutions for 2017 according to Statistics Brain: Lose Weight/Healthier Eating 4% Life/Self improvements 3% Better financial decisions 5% Quit Smoking 1% And guess which resolution grabbed the 7th spot? You guessed it, ‘Work out more often’. A healthier lifestyle almost always makes the top of […]

New Microneedle – A revolutionary way to draw blood painlessly

Nearly 10% of the world’s population suffers from an irrational fear of pointy things, sharp objects and, more importantly, needles. Trypanophobia is a very valid phobia that can affect a person’s medical wellbeing. How does Trypanophobia affect people? –          The paralysing fear of needles can cause people to avoid doctors all together. –          People with […]

5 tips to erase your fear of going under the knife

Nosocomephobia translates into the fear of hospitals while a fear of surgery is called Tomophobia. Whether major or minor, having to go for surgery is never pleasant news. However, we are here to tell you to ignore those big words, take a deep breath and follow these tips which should aid in calming you down […]

Sun Smart on your Summer Holiday

340 Calorie feast: Healthy Festive Holiday Food Recipes

We all know it; the time where we like to gorge ourselves is around the corner. However, you don’t have to run or hide behind a celery stick the entire holiday. You can still eat well and live well if you have the right recipes. Lucky for you, we went on the hunt for the […]

How we became Google Doctors

Killer or Killers: Could snake venom be the answer to relieve pain?

With its fiery red head and tail and intriguing blue body, the blue coral snake is a sight that inspires fear. Preying on the likes of king cobras, this snake wasn’t named the ‘killer of killers’ for fun. Native to South East Asia, this snake’s venom causes its prey to spasm and die almost instantaneously […]

Female Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

5 Silent killers revealed – how to fight back

silent killers healthshareDiabetes Diabetes causes devastation beyond having to inject yourself with insulin every day. Type 1 diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin and typically occurs in children and young adults while inactivity and obesity is strongly associated with the cause of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is the silent killer we have […]

Animals may be the cause of a massive TB outbreak

The World Health Organisation has recognised South Africa as one of the countries with the highest burden of TB. According to the WHO’s statistics about 1% of the population of about 50 million people develop TB each year. It has recently been discovered that animal TB (zoonotic TB) poses a greater threat to human health […]

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Winner 2016 – Yoshinori Ohsumi

The prestigious Nobel Prize winners have recently been announced and the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi. Yoshinori discovered and exposed mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components. Background: Yoshinori Ohsumi He was born in Fukuoka, Japan […]

Nicotine has the potential to prevent brain aging

Could it be that nicotine, an addictive chemical found in tobacco, isn’t as harmful as everyone thought? Could it in fact be beneficial to one’s health? A new study suggests that it could protect the brain from aging. Dr Ursula Winzer-Serhan, an associate professor at the Text A&M College of Medicine, did animal and human […]

Katie Prager Dies: A true life story based on Fault in our Stars

Every girl, and perhaps man, will admit to having cried when watching the heart tearing Fault in Our Stars. At the end we wiped down our tears and applauded the scriptwriter, actors and author of the book. Done, story has ended. However, we recently came across the story of the true life ‘Fault in Our […]

How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a severely misunderstood mental affliction and many may be suffering from it without our realising it. Bipolar disorder can also be described as manic depression and is a long-term mental disorder that causes people to travel between different moods and energy levels quite faster than your average person. These mood swings, for […]

Reading books could increase your lifespan

Books do not only provide an escape from ordinary life nor are they just sources of information. They provide a host of benefits to the readers and unfortunately many of South Africa’s youth are unable to read while the other half simply sees it as boring and prefers their televisions above books. Now it appears, […]

The healing properties of herbs and spices – Infographic

The truth behind Supplements – Infographic

New methods for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease discovered

  Imagine the implications if Alzheimer’s disease could be detected earlier. It would impact the choice of treatment and inclusion of patients in clinical trials. A Large European study, led by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, have researched new methods to examine the brain and spinal fluid to increase the chance of early diagnosis of […]

Studies revealed: Traffic noise might cause heart attacks

There are few things worse than being stuck in traffic in the morning however after evaluating information from statutory health insurers on over a million Germans over the age of 40, it is revealed that your risk of heart attack increases by traffic noise. Andreas Seidler and co-authors in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International has conducted a […]

Revolutionary head-scanning ultrasound technology may help diagnose brain injuries

A new form of ultrasound technology may help medical professionals spot bleeding in the brain. A group of experts at the University of Aberdeen are developing software that could enable battlefield medics to create 3 – D models of soldiers’ brains while they are on location. This can then be sent to an expert who […]

Vitamin C Home Remedies that Cure Acne – Infographic

Drones to improve Rwanda’s access to medical supplies

A particularly interesting story that caught our attention at Healthshare Health Solutions is this interesting development in the medical world. A joint partnership between Zipline and the National Centre of Blood Transfusion, Gavi and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health will see drones delivering medical supplies to around 20 health centres in the East African country. This […]

How to eliminate workplace stress

Stress is a major problem many employees face and is the one thing that can halter or completely cease productivity. It is common knowledge that when working under pressure mistakes can occur, not to mention the negative impact stress has upon one’s health. Before everything gets too much and you break, here are a few […]

Guide to Setting Employee Wellness Incentives

It is common knowledge that most companies wish to tap as much from their resources as possible and that includes employee productivity. One thing that puts a strain on productivity is poor health resulting in a heap of sick notes and leave requests. Moreover, employees who do not take off and go to work feeling […]

Ergonomic Workstation Guidelines – Infographic

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The impact of low productivity in the mines on our Economy

The British did not wage war against us to take control of our natural resources and ample supply of gold for trivial reasons. The mining industry, especially the gold, is what drives our economy; it is what keeps the money coming in. Our natural resources which leave many other countries green with envy simply prove […]

Why a healthy lifestyle is vital in the Mining Industry

Working in the mines consists of long hours of hard labour and requires miners to be at the top of their physical game. It is not a matter of simply getting a job as a miner; you have to be healthy, fit and able to withstand the harsh conditions that go along with being underground. […]

Mining Health and Safety Tips – Infographic

Why you should celebrate World Kidney Day

In March, we celebrate World Kidney Day (WKD), a day dedicated to raising awareness around kidney diseases and its impact on our lives. People around the globe celebrate this day in different ways, from fun runs to public screenings and talks at schools. A bit of background history Being such a global hit, one would […]

Healthshare’s Tribute to Doctors Without Borders

Allow us to introduce you to a small group of doctors and nurses who dedicate their time and lives to helping those affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics. Allow us to reveal to you a world where patients do not have access to proper healthcare, electricity and basic sanitary conditions. Where they started The massive […]

Common Exercises that could be Bad for you – Infographic

How to keep a healthy heart

The month of February is dedicated to the celebration of love and hearts. During this time we tend to focus more on dates and chocolates and forget about that special, life granting organ beating within our chests. It is prudent that we take care of our hearts both emotionally and physically, so without further ado, […]

Infographic: 5 Super foods for the heart

How to encourage healthy habits in the workplace

It would suffice to say that employees are vital in keeping a business running. You can have the partners and owners but without people doing the actual work, well, there is no company. Now that we have sufficiently driven through the importance of employees, let’s discuss how we can keep those employees on the job, […]

Infographic: Exercising with household items

To diet or not to diet?

There are many lose-weight-quick schemes out there. Sadly most of the diets have proved unhealthy and ineffective. Then again, eliminating problem foods such as sugar and oily food is a very effective way of shedding unwanted weight and ultimately achieving optimum health. How do you choose which diet is best for you? The important thing […]

How to shed those festive kilos

It is no surprise that most of us like to overindulge during the December holiday. Who can blame us when we are presented with gammon, roasts, pumpkin pie, fruit cake, peach cobbler, truffles and everything else delectable in a matter of one week. The festive season is a time to be merry and eat hearty […]

Why outsource your medical billing to SAH billing?

Running a medical facility is no easy feat and having to take care of the billing on top of everything else can turn into a heavy load to carry. Many doctors outsource their medical billing to a professional medical billing or practice management company. SAH stands for South African Healthcare billing. We ensure that collections […]

How to pack a lunch that will make your co-workers jealous

Many people live busy lives, juggling both work and home life. More often than not, packing a lunch becomes a chore and we end up buying something from the fast food shop or skipping lunch altogether. It saves money Takeaways and restaurant food is a lot more expensive than buying food at your local supermarket. […]

Healthy Living

Running a healthcare establishment is busy work; however community health awareness initiatives should not be brushed off. Healthshare can help by customising a healthy living project to fit the needs of both the clients and communities. In order to create health awareness, it is important to understand what it entitles. It is the process of […]

Introducing Healthshare Clinic Services

Healthshare strives to provide clinic services of top standard ensuring that all patients receive quality care at a lowered cost. Clinics are vital to ensure healthier communities and to provide medical care to those living in areas with little or no medical resources to aid them. Healthshare will help set up and run these clinics […]

How Healthshare’s Managed Care can benefit your medical facility

Managed care is the implementation of a variety of techniques intended to reduce the cost of providing health benefits and improve the quality of care patients receive. Healthshare’s Managed Care processes reduce unnecessary healthcare costs through a variety of mechanisms. These include but may not be limited to: Economic incentives for physicians and patients Greater […]

DISPENSARY AND PHARMACY: WHY YOU NEED HEALTHSHARE

There’s no shortage of challenges in running a pharmacy; increased competition, new regulations, piles of paperwork and shrinking margins. Pharmacy management requires a combination of skills including account management, staff management, marketing management, sales and stock and a heavy dose of customer service. Areas that need attention include: Finances All the proceeds taken in by […]

Consulting & Training: Why you need Healthshare

All individuals in the healthcare management field are affected by constant change. The evolution of new patient care delivery models has thus prompted many healthcare organizations to take a deeper look at their existing workforce management practices to explore opportunities for improved patient and caregiver satisfaction and cost reduction. South Africa’s healthcare system and organizations […]

Hospital management: Why you need Healthshare

Hospitals play a very important role in the delivery of healthcare services across the globe. In an article by the Financial Mail titled Poor hospital management leads to troubled health system, Sandile Mfenyana, CEO of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg was quoted stating that ills troubling the health system stem from poor management. Click […]

Occupational Health: Why you need Healthshare

Occupational Health is defined as the promotion and maintenance of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations by preventing departures from health, controlling risks and the adaptation of work to people, and people to their jobs. Like any other business; hospital management is required to ensure the safety and physical well being […]

Why is workplace health important?

Companies may need to be concerned about the health of their employees. If the employees are healthy enough to work efficiently then the company can gain higher profits. This is the reason management experts emphasise on maintaining high workplace health standards. If the workplace health and safety requirements are not fulfilled then there are many […]

The Importance of healthy food and beverage choices in the workplace

Many employers struggle to improve the productivity of their employees. This is because there might be little importance given to the dietary habits of the employees. If the employees are unable to perform well due to unhealthy diet, then their working efficiency can be negatively affected. Therefore, it is important that healthy food and beverage […]

What is Food Poisoning?

You have likely heard about food poisoning in discussions of health and nutrition, but do you know what exactly it is, what causes it and effective treatments? Here are the details of food poisoning to provide you a guide to healthy eating. Definition of Food Poisoning Food poisoning is an illness that results from swallowing […]

What is the significance of healthy lifestyle awareness month?

Healthy lifestyle awareness month is celebrated annually in February each year in South Africa. It is a whole month program to educate the country on healthy living, physical activity and wellness – mental and physical. It is a fact that in order to prevent diseases, curb the elements of stress and enhance overall wellbeing a […]

Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus is yet another epidemic that has aggravated in the past year and gripped many parts of the world with terror. The World Health Organization describes it as “a severe, often fatal illness in humans.”Ebola Virus disease first appeared in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first Ebola outbreak occurred in a […]

Why is Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in the Workplace Important?

Healthy living programs are receiving a lot of promotion lately in the workplace. But, why are they important? Workplace Success and Healthy Living Programs Research has long shown that the workplace affects individuals’ health. After all, many people spend a large portion of their week in an office or another type of work environment. Wellness […]

Issues affecting women in the workplace

There has always been a difference between the sexes when it comes to the way they are perceived by the society. In fact, there are multiple workplace challenges for women just because of their sex, and nothing else, and because of that it can be really hard to stand out and just be a better […]

What is Occupational Health?

Most of us nowadays tend to think about health and safety only when we are at the workplace, but the reality is that occupation health can prove to be hazardous as well. If you’ve ever asked yourself what occupational health is, you should know that it’s an area concerned with health and safety at the […]

Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular Diseases

World Heart Day

World Heart Day

Healthy Living/Wellness Programmes

Healthy Living/Wellness Programmes

The world’s first human heart transplant

The world’s first human heart transplant

Explaining What Occupational Health & Safety Act truly is.

Explaining What Occupational Health & Safety Act truly is.

Thirteen Ways to Stay Fit When There’s No Time to Exercise?

Thirteen Ways to Stay Fit When There’s No Time to Exercise?

Why does baldness occur early in some men?

Why does baldness occur early in some men?

What is Prostate cancer, and how does it affect men?

What is Prostate cancer, and how does it affect men?

5 home remedies to help you beat the flu

5 home remedies to help you beat the flu

Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away?

Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away?

What is Motor Neurone Disease?

What is Motor Neurone Disease?

Why is a healthy lifestyle important for the youth?

Why is a healthy lifestyle important for the youth?

What does Vitamin C do for you?

What does Vitamin C do for you?

Four Things To Avoid Before A Race

Four Things To Avoid Before A Race

TOP 9 COMRADES MARATHON TIPS FOR NOVICES

One of the most famous races in the world, the Comrades Marathon, is almost here! For those newbies planning on tackling the event this year (taking place on the 2nd of June 2013), here are our top nine tips to get you started. 1. This is an extremely hilly race so train for the hills. […]

The Right To Health

With Human Rights Day coming up on the 21st of March, a lot of focus is being placed on the rights of individuals and groups in South Africa as they have been defined in the Constitution. One of the most fundamental rights is the right to Health.   According to section 7(2) of the Constitution, […]

(Dark) Chocolate is Good For You!

Every year around Valentine’s Day, chocolate sales go through the roof, even more so for those that forgot what day it is and have to make it up to their loved ones. Thankfully, when it comes to chocolate, there is some good news – dark chocolate is actually beneficial to your health!   Recent studies […]

Eliquis (apixaban) – The Newest Anti-Clotting Drug

The newest anti-clotting drug that has been approved by the FDA is an oral tablet that is used to reduce the risk of stroke and dangerous blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is what happens when a heart beat is abnormal and irregular and […]

FAQ #3 -What clinic services does Healthshare provide/What does dispensing and pharmacy management entail?

Healthshare’s clinic services mainly operate traditional, primary clinic services, and caters to industrial sized clients. Clinic types vary from fixed-hour to 24-hour, which operate using specialized doctors and nurses to provide high quality healthcare to clients. The dispensing and pharmacy management services offered by healthcare are centered around the idea that good systems, procedures and […]

FAQ #1 -What is Healthshare/Where is Healthshare Based?

Healthshare is a private company that specializes in healthcare management. The company essentially provides its clients with expertise in a variety of fields, ranging from hospital management, healthcare consulting, employee training, clinic management and many more, including a range of popular nutritional products under the Phakamisa brand.   Healthshare is based in Centurion, Gauteng, but […]

FAQ #2 -Is Healthshare a Medial Aid/Which medical aids do Healthshare Administer?

Healthshare is not a Medical Aid provider, nor does it provide healthcare services to the public. All services provided by Healthshare, with the exception of the Phakamisa brand nutritional products, essentially allow businesses and healthcare providers such as hospitals and clinics to make use of the expertise held by the Healthshare team. This expertise is […]

Heartburn – Causes and remedies

Acid Reflux, or as it is more commonly known, heartburn, is a condition caused by the movement of stomach acid up into the esophagus through the esophageal sphincter. The term ‘heartburn’ refers only to the burning sensation felt, not the condition itself. A number of factors that contribute to either the overproduction, reaction or movement […]

Vitamins and their uses

It has become common knowledge that vitamins and minerals are largely beneficial to your health for a number of reasons. However, many of us don’t even know what the vitamins we take are made of, or what exactly they do for us.   While most doctors recommend the consumption of vitamin and mineral supplements, it […]

Frequently asked questions concerning Healthshare Part1

What is Healthshare?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKDzbtBJiEg]   Is Healthshare a Medical Aid?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvNjgFxecdg] What Medical Aids does Healthshare Administer?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2llVwogjYc] Where is Healthshare based?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jHmuLXtrWw] What clinic services does Healthshare provide?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJIV6qdN8Cs] www.healthshare.co.za

Staying healthy during the holidays

During the holiday season, we are all prone to eating too much, and the level of activity in general seems to slow down significantly to include more parties and meals than exercise routines and gym visits. After all, the holidays are meant to be spent relaxing with friends and family, not tiring yourself out at […]

Childless Men May Have Higher Heart Risk

Study Shows Men With No Kids Had 17% Increased Risk in Death From Heart Disease or Stroke   Men who remain childless throughout their lives may be more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than men who become fathers, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 135,000 older men for a decade […]

Threat of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Looms

In its annual statement earlier this year, the World Health Organisation stated that it believed the United Nations Millenium Development goal to ‘halt and reverse the TB epidemic by 2015’ is to be seen as largely successful, and is well on its way to becoming a reality.   In the same breath, the WHO, who […]

Men’s Health: 6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Listen up, guys! Don’t leave your doctor’s office without asking six questions. Guys, it’s never too late to start taking care of your health. It’s also never too early. Too many men, however, fail to make health maintenance a part of their MO. Buck that trend and be proactive about your health. You’ll feel better, […]

Men vs. Women: Whose Offices Are Germier?

Study Finds Bacterial Contamination Common in the Workplace If you’re reading this at work, brace yourself. A new study shows that typical offices have hundreds of types of bacteria in them, and men’s offices have the most. Researchers report finding more than 500 different types of bacteria on common surfaces in offices in three major […]

Experts Call Male Menopause a Myth

Not All Men Will Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy It may be called “men”-opause, but it’s a time of life that only belongs to women. Male menopause, well, that may be a myth, according to some experts. While many men and men’s health experts argue that male menopause (andropause) occurs when a man’s supply of the […]

How exercise affects concentration in children with ADHD

A recent study done by a researcher at Michigan State University has shown convincing evidence that even a small amount of physical exercise increases concentration skills and overall function in all children, including those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   The study showed that children with ADHD are able to concentrate on a […]

7 Ways High-Tech Gadgets Could Be Hurting You

Sure, they make life easier, but could all this technology be harmful to your health? The computer revolution created new ways of working, sharing information, and having fun. Our high-tech gadgets and devices may be wonderfully expansive of our intellects, but they can be hard on our bodies. And being “always on” can take a […]

Vitamins reduce cancer risk?

  Every year more and more studies are conducted on the human body; some to find out more about our origins, and others that are committed to finding new ways to improve and prolong our health. One of the most prolific study subjects is the development of a cure for, or the prevention of cancer. […]

10 Foods To Boost Male Health

Foods men should include in their diets to improve health and prevent disease.   Men are different from women in all kinds of ways — including their nutritional needs. Just as women need particular nutrients during pregnancy or for protection from breast cancer, men need nutrients that can help them maintain muscle mass, prevent prostate […]

Frequently Asked Questions on Female Fertility

Is the birth control pill still considered safe? What about the extended pill — does it carry any extra health risks?   Most birth control pills in use today are far safer than those used in the past — mainly because they contain far lower levels of hormones. In fact, the pill has been shown […]

As a woman, what do you need to look out for to protect your health?

What are the most important things a woman can do on her own to protect her health?   Keeping a keen eye out for early signs of health problems is important, but there are also things you can do to protect yourself now and in the future. These include: Eating a sensible diet — that […]

Staying healthy as a woman

What are the most important nutrients women need?   While a lot depends on diet and lifestyle habits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services say many women are not consuming enough folate (a B vitamin) or calcium. Folate (or folic acid) helps support growth and development, prevents certain […]

Are E-Cigarettes Harmful?

Many experts have debated the topic of safe alternatives to smoking in the years since tests showed a correlation between smoking tobacco and certain types of cancer. Some of the latest trends, which have taken over from the early 21st century idea of wearing a slow-release nicotine patch, include the use of a product known […]

How To Choose International Health Plans

  Health insurance is an expense that, in most modern countries is widely defined, both in the public and private sectors, which means that it is relatively simple to choose a plan that fits your personal lifestyle and income level. However, these health plans usually only cover local incidents, and do not provide support for […]

How To Choose International Health Plans

  Health insurance is an expense that, in most modern countries is widely defined, both in the public and private sectors, which means that it is relatively simple to choose a plan that fits your personal lifestyle and income level. However, these health plans usually only cover local incidents, and do not provide support for […]

Why organic food products aren’t REALLY better for you than regular products

  It’s a commonly held idea that organic food is more nutritious and healthier overall than regular foods. The idea is that, because it is grown in a more natural environment, the nutrients and vitamins are able to develop more fully and provide better and more energy for your body. However, evidence from tests conducted […]

Every Day Healthy Living Tips

  It may be easy to forget the importance of living a healthy life when we’re going through the daily grind. It may be even easier to get caught up in what’s convenient instead of what’s good for us. However, the benefits you can enjoy with a healthy lifestyle are worth making healthy living a priority! […]

The skills gap in hospital management in the South African public health sector.

  A lack of management capacity has been identified as the key stumbling block to the transformation and reconceptualization of the public sector in South Africa into a more effective, efficient, and responsive system of health delivery. As part of the overall management development process, this research aimed to identify the skills important for public […]

Figuring Out Fat

  With so much information available about the effects of dietary fat on health, understanding the role fat plays in a well-balanced diet can be pretty confusing. To cut through the confusion, it’s important to remember that fat is an essential nutrient that everyone needs to stay healthy. Fat is a valuable energy source and […]

Turning patients away, is it illegal?

  The state of South Africa’s healthcare system has been called into question many times over the past decade since issues with the government made it clear that public healthcare would become a priority.   However, in many instances over the past few years, it has become clear that some aspects of the healthcare industry, […]

10 Tips To Healthy Eating

  Experts agree the key to healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance, variety and moderation. In short, that means eating a wide variety of foods without getting too many calories or too much of any one nutrient. These 10 tips can help you follow that advice while still enjoying the foods you eat. […]

Killer foods: the danger of preservatives

  We all know about the harmful effects of junk foods and treats on our bodies. They range from causing weight gain and cardiac issues to high blood pressure and a build-up of dangerous acids and fats in our systems. However, many preservatives and additives in foods can be just as harmful, regardless of what […]

National Health Insurance

  The National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative has been widely discussed in both the media and government, and while there is agreement that healthcare for all citizens is something that should be brought about as soon as humanly possible, there is still a large number of people debating whether or not it is being done […]

Things you should know in a medical emergency Part 1

      The Heimlich maneuver /Abdominal thrust (choking) When someone starts choking, most people’s reaction is to panic. It is important to stay calm and focused in order to help save a life; a person can go without oxygen for approximately 2 minutes (all persons vary) before collapsing, so don’t waste time. It may […]

Losing weight through sustained exercise

  Exercise is something that most of us do not take lightly. Everyone wants to stay in shape, but there seems to be very few methods that are easy enough for everyone to commit to and do regularly. There are also way too many exercise programs out there that are focused on building and toning […]

Home Grown Disinfectants

Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe is something that comes inherently to humans. Whenever we, or someone we love, gets hurt the natural solution is to dig the first-aid kit out of the storage closet or out of the back of the medicine cabinet. But sometimes we find ourselves in situations where first-aid implements […]

Breastfeeding vs Formula – The Great Debate

  New parents have long been debating the use of either breast milk or bottled formula milk. While each of these options has its advantages over the other, it might be a good idea to implement a balance between the two, as each is more helpful during different stages of your baby’s life.   Breast […]

Healthy Living: Youth Nutrition

Nutritional intake is something that everyone should be concerned with, as the level of intake at different ages could affect growth, stimulation and overall health in the long run, depending on the age group you would fall under. For instance, certain nutrients are needed by infants to stabilize bone growth and brain development.   The […]

The Secret to Keeping Fit and Healthy

Society has become increasingly obsessed with physical health and appearance; so much so that it has become ingrained in our heads that the only way to lose weight effectively and immediately is by dieting. However, these quick fix diets and ‘eating programs’ have been proven to be not only ineffective, but also relatively harmful to […]

Essential Sleep: 10 Tips to beat Insomnia

Transient, or short-term, insomnia is inadequate or poor-quality sleep lasting anywhere from one night to a few weeks. Transient insomnia can be a single episode or recurring episodes of insomnia separated by periods of normal sleep. The following suggestions are to help overcome transient insomnia and increase the chance of getting a healthy, good night’s […]

Phakamisa: Super Rugby Energy!

  For all sports minded individuals, energy and fitness are vital components of any day. A healthy diet and the correct balance of energy supplements is essential for training and fitness programs and play a role in the techniques of all prominent athletes.   With the Super 15 rugby well on its way, rugby players […]

ADHD is over-diagnosed

  What experts and the public have already long suspected is now supported by representative data collected by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and University of Basel: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is over-diagnosed.   The study showed that child and adolescent psychotherapists and psychiatrists tend to give a diagnosis based on heuristics, unclear rules […]

Healthy Living Tips

  You health is your wealth. If you don’t have your health, you have nothing… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9PCuWdVKnc&w=560&h=315] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JwzgPgnabc&w=560&h=315]

The Phakamisa Sports Drink

  Over the last few years, products such as chocolate bars, energy drinks, breakfast cereals and just about any digestible foodstuff imaginable have been produced and advertised almost faster than we can get used to them. Many of them work, but there are some that have been proven over time to do more harm to […]

What does Healthshare do? (video)

   There are essentially seven main areas that we specialize in…  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBqdYoCnniQ&w=560&h=315]

Why is healthcare so expensive?

  All over the world, there are plans and funding options being set up by governments that aim to help the public cope with rising living costs. One such cost that is notoriously high in most countries is healthcare.   The healthcare sector, especially in developing countries in Africa, South America and Asia, are extremely […]

What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

  Garlic is a food that has been thought to cure diseases for centuries, and has been thought to cure anything from the common cold to the plague. However, there really are a lot of benefits to including garlic in your diet. Here at Healthshare, we are dedicated to not only giving the highest quality, […]

New molecular breast imaging device

    US-based medical network Capital Health has deployed GE Healthcare’s Discovery NM 750b, a specialised breast scanner that enables advanced functional imaging of breast cancer, at its New Jersey Hopewell medical centre.   The GE Discovery NM 750b scanner features dual Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) detectors.   The system’s detector design is expected to […]

Running a hospital: Do you manage or do you cope?

In the same way that people who practice preventative health live a more manageable, stress-free and healthier life, so too do managers who plan and implement strategically. The family you find yourself living with at home influences the complexity of your life, as does the system we find ourselves in at work.

Management for Healthcare Facilities: Is there a role for Holism?

Holism is the idea that all the properties of a given system (be it biological or social) cannot be explained by its component parts alone. Although the general principle of holism was concisely summarized by Aristotle in the Metaphysics: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts”, it is a concept that has […]

Running a hospital in a recession

Although hospitals that have the fundamentals in place, weather the storm more easily, it is a myth to believe that healthcare is recession-proof. The socioeconomic environment has changed, and that requires an adaptation of management, process and even thinking.

Service – the cornerstone of a hospital’s reputation

Although hospitals offer treatments and cures, it is the quality of care that patients (and families) receive, that will determine the quality of the remembered experience. Although the role of the doctor and specialist provides the clinical credentials, it is without doubt, the nursing staff who are the cornerstone of the service experience. In addition […]

Hospital Management: what separates the profitable from the unprofitable?

Why is it that hospitals that perform well financially, continue to do so irrespective of outside factors, whereas poor performers seem to suffer any variance that enters the market. Even in tough markets battered with local regulations and recessionary climes, good performers still do relatively well. And yet the converse also exists – poor performers […]

The modern hospital – factors for success

Changes in the healthcare market over the past ten years have had a dramatic effect on the way hospitals and clinics are being operated. The rising cost of healthcare has affected medical aid reimbursement, causing the individual and corporate consumer to be a discerning selector of medical care. This has given birth to extended and […]

Trends in Healthcare – the impact on hospitals

Although socioeconomic factors are unique to each location (and across time), the provision of quality healthcare worldwide will be subject to similar ‘waves of change’, where the astute facility will adapt and perform, and those that do not make any adjustments, will find the environment even tougher.

Hillcrest Hospital

Healthshare has been contracted to commission and manage a 200 bed “state of the art” private hospital in Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, from 1 October 2010.

International SOP’s

Healthshare is currently developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for all 29 Government hospitals in Botswana. Healthshare also provides Managed Care Services (this includes case management and billing auditing) for all Botswana referrals to South Africa .