www.websister.co.za or Websister™, is an online portal providing researched, referenced information to practicing clinic sisters in South Africa. The initial vision of the website was aimed at pharmacy clinic sisters. Nurses from other scopes of practice find the website equally useful with content accessed daily. Content for the local market is written by healthcare professionals. However, South African legislation dictates the advertising of specific scheduled medication to healthcare professionals only, therefore professionals have to register with password to access the articles. The general public has only access to summaries of the articles.
A more comprehensive m-health platform is set up during 2014 including Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for nurses.
Websister™ is a resource that provides information to nurses and thereby tries to diminish the lack of information for nurses not receiving nursing journals/magazines. Many nurses are not having access to the latest medical information pertinent to the South African market. Websister has become a useful resource for nurses in other scopes of practice as can be read in the section entitled “Fact and Figures”.
The pressing problem is a South African health scenario which is different to other countries in terms of the health issues that are seeing on a daily basis. Content has been written specifically for the South African health market to solve this problem.
Historically, funding was derived from advertising from South African pharmaceutical companies with the nurses have access to all content at no costs. Advertisers have reduced exposure resulting in subscription fees being introduced from April 2014 on a dual rate for existing users & new users to enable us to continue the service and products. These fees are all payable monthly or annually in advance, where applicable. Detailed information about specific packages will be available on request via email.
Stage of Development: ready for serial production
To ensure the availability of a useful resource from the day the website went live, the majority of the content was published daily over a two year period. Over a two-year period from Sept 2009 to Nov 2011 there were 10,555 article page views and 11,286 advert views and clicks.
Contact: Heather Smithard
Used by: South Africa
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