The need for skilled healthcare workers has been clear during the pandemic, yet medical staff are often overworked and under-resourced.
To address that, Max Rath founded and heads Wits Healthcare Innovation (WHI) to support health innovation initiatives and tackle pressing issues. WHI runs innovation events, conducts clinical research, works with academia and companies to solve health challenges, and creates an inclusive community of innovative professionals. “I want to change healthcare so it better serves maintaining health rather than just treating disease,” he says.
Healthcare workers know how to develop patient-centric, technology-driven solutions by collaborating across disciplines and nurturing a culture of inclusivity and respect, Rath says. “Given the right support, I believe our health workers have the potential to move South Africa towards more equitable healthcare.”
Rath is completing his final year of specialisation in internal medicine, and also works for Wits University on strategies to encourage undergraduate innovation.
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