The City of Sao Paulo has offered to freely share a recently-implemented e-healthcare system with any government department or agency in South Africa.
Lincoln Moura, president of Zilics Health Information Systems in Brazil, says the system has been written on an open source platform, using Java, and is therefore hardware independent.
In addition, the City of Sao Paulo is ready to share the source code, in a gesture of what he calls "south-to-south collaboration".
The system, which brings exposes available specialist resources to primary healthcare providers.
Primary healthcare providers access the information using the Internet, via thin client terminals.
The system has been well-received by the healthcare sector and is currently deployed in about 700 primary healthcare facilities.
The goal is to reach all 4 000 such facilities in the city.
Sao Paulo has a population of about 22-million people.