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The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management at the Managed Healthcare Symposium

Dr Terrence Kommal managed healthcare

The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management

Dr Terrence Kommal managed healthcare

I have finally managed to make the time to edit (basic editing of course) the entire video of my presentation at the Managed Healthcare symposium in Johannesburg.

The presentation was on: The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management.

The video is just over an hour long, but details my perspective on both the challenges and opportunities in having more doctors in healthcare leadership and managed, especially in the managed healthcare environments.

There some controversial views presented, but these are my perspectives and not on behalf of any organisation. Agreed, controversy is good, so it would be great to hear your views!


Managed Healthcare in South Africa


Managed healthcare in South Africa in now in the spotlight and its prevalence is now highlighted by the Annual Managed Healthcare Symposium. At this symposium many leading minds and industry leaders presented in key challenges and opportunities in the current healthcare environment.

Many of the common concerns centered around false claims from medical practitioners and e regulatory framework win which managed healthcare operates in SA. it bacme apparent in e presentations that ,inch still has to be done, and key consultants from various organizations can add immense value in optimizing the operating procedure in many of the managed healthcare companies. These consultants current already work with a few leading managed healthcare companies, and as able to provide independent insight and perspectives into optimization strategies.

In terms of opportunities, it has become more and more apparent that protocol driven case management based on adequate medical doctor driven guidelines is critical. There are indeed guidelines hat exist but many of me have been opt used by health actuaries and costs management professionals.

I also presented at this conference and the thrust of the presentation was about having more medial doctors and people with adequate medical training in positions of leadership and management of managed healthcare organizations. A key value of this, is the already internalized understanding of direct patient management and their experience of having had to directly manage patients directly, in a range of environments. These various environments including their training periods as students and intern doctors.

World Hindi conference 2012


Today, 24th September 2012 marks the closing of the first World Hindi conference 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It commemorated the closing of a greatly support and attended conference with delegates from around the world.

It was indeed heartening and interesting to note that conference was held in South Africa, in recognition of the Indian people of South Africa, their rich heritage and the cultural and linguistic ties between India and South Africa. The event as official inaugurated by Minister Praveen Gordhan, the Minister of Finance, South Africa.

The event was officiated by the Indian Minister of State External Affairs, Ms Praneet Kaur.

A key highlight of the conference was that this was a stand by both civil society as well as the government of India, in a collaborative effort to preserve and promote languages of the East.

The Hindi Shiksha Sangh, is probably the only Indian language promotion organization that has been so successful in their efforts, hat they not only secured the support of. Government of India, but also have a dedicated local radio station for Hindi, Hindvani.

Hindvani is a nonprofit initiative that took years to establish, but is now a successful station with more than 200 000 listeners in the Durban and surrounding regions. Is success in the region, far exceeds that of the SABC funded and support station Lotus FM, that is more than 25 years old.

Hindi is the official language of India, and hence represents more than just a language, it represents a national pride, and heritage that is more than a few thousand years old. This pride has spread globally with the spread of the Indian diaspora globally.

Ironically many households India promote that heir children speak English, whilst the rest of the diaspora strives to preserve the usage of Hindi.




Working in Cape Town, is this another country?



Having borne the tedious and long drive down to Cape Town from Pretoria, my fiancé and I and now almost a week in Cape Town. Some may see this as an ordinary visit to the Mother City.

Of course, I see this as an amazing experience of varied people in almost a different country. The mindset of everyone is indeed a drastic difference from Pretoria and its hasty rush that we all usually thrive on. Here in the Cape there is almost and unhurried understanding that ‘all is well’.

With the likes of Silicon Cape based in Cape Town, and some of the most creative people living here it is no wonder how some of the most creative and ingenious work and been incubated here first.

Everyone is polite here, even the cleaners and people without any other reason to be nice, except that they indeed are just nice people. There is no pretense here, just plain old real people.

Currently a presentation to the Rotary is pending as well as meeting the new Consul General of India to South Africa, Cape Town. Exciting times ahead…

With three weeks to go, tons of people to meet and presentations to make, I indeed recommend anyone to take the time to spend a few days here…not for anything else but just to meet real people, in an unhurried environment.

Presentation at Joint Simulation and Training Africa 2012

Dr Terrence Kommal

It was indeed both a pleasure and honour to be invited by the IQPC to present as an expert presenter, for the Joint Simulation and Training Africa 2012. I was tasked to speak on a range of matters affecting medical training and simulations for Africa and the SADC.

With much stress and concern for such an important task, the presentation was done on 27 June 2012, at the CSIR.

Key people that were present were industry leaders such as Major General Hlatshwayo, Chief Director Operations of the Joint Operations division of the SANDF, Major General Mabuza, and other key industry leaders.

Some of the key challenges that are concerning the health support of military operations, are vital matters that affect armed forces not just in South Africa, but through Africa also. With South Africa seen as a key leader in approaches to managing these challenges, it was indeed a pleasure to share my thoughts and perspectives on how to deal with the challenges.

An excerpt from the main site of my tasked focus areas in the presentations:

“Medical simulation: the future of military health training?

15:30 Simulations for training in military and battlefield medicine: A future for SADC?

The challenges of training medics and doctors to perform emergency medicine on the battlefield
Surveying the available technologies and understanding their real benefits over traditional training methods
Cost and other practical concerns
The future of simulations in military medicine in SADC
Dr. Terrence Kommal
Military Medical Doctor Specializing in Military Health Training
1 Military Hospital & School for Military Health Training”

More info can be found on the , or you can email me and I can gladly share more insights on the conference.

Currently I am still at the workshop B of the conference, as a part of the key panel for this fantastic an innovative conference.






Facebook adds new email service to replace your original contact methods


Facebook has now integrated the new emails of, to promote usage of its own email that is linked to the messages in each profile. This has resulted in many users main contact email being changes for them.

This was picked up and reported by bloggers on Saturday, and has now been buzzing on major social media sites.

Another possible reason for this move is to limit the access to public users, to users main direct contact email addresses. of course, the emails are the mainstay of the database business model of facebook, and any limitations to such by public users, is a strategic move by facebook.



Joining SA blogosphere via Amatomu

I was chatting to my girlfriend today, about another blogger and some of the fantastic things that she has been doing with her blog.

I then spent the rest of the afternoon, pondering why I wasn’t a more active part of the SA blogosphere…and could find a single reason, besides sheer, inactivity, just on my blog of course.

Well, as a start I have joined the ever popular amatomu site, perhaps to begin with a local but very lekker community of South Africans!

Enough said…now to remain more active!


Corporate branding with real people


I just read through a chapter in David Meerman Scott’s book, Real-time Media and Pr, and noted and interesting dicussion about how companies cotinue to brand their companies with images and people that dont’t even work for the company. Be they models, or stock images that are used, it has no direct link to the actual people that work for the company, or what they offer.

Agreed, there are those that do, but most companies choose to market and promote their brand with generic images. Many are of the perception that great images will sel their brand better. In actual fact the reverse is true. Most people want to do business with people that they trust, and means they want to do business with real people. This allows consumers to feel less vulnerable and more trusting with the real people than having to find out the poeple in the images are just images.

Social media changes and keeping up with the growth of services

In recent weeks there has been a huge change in the dynamic of how social networks are used globally. With the rise of Google+, many have hailed it as a facebook replacement or ‘killer’.

I disagree as another type of network does not necessarily mean the end of a previous/ older service. I think that there will be a growth of the google+ network whilst the other networks like facebook and twitter will continue to thrive. How so? Its simple actually…

Although each type of network has seemingly similar and some overlapping features they also have some unique features too. Facebook still reign supreme when it comes to being a personal sharing and interacting network, whilst twitter still holds strong as the short, ‘quick updates’ platform with no frills and just to the point. Google+ seems to fill the seeming niche of knowledge sharing, which has a limited but rapidly growing space in the market.

Some have argued that one is better than the other, whilst others differ. I simply think that knowing which platform to use, for what purpose and for how long is critical.

The most important factor when it comes to these platforms and services, is your precious time. There those that don’t make time, and then there are those that actually are pathologically addicted to social media.

Finding the right balance with real life, and new trendy technologies is key.

Social Media in simple terms

social media south africa

Social Media in South Africa

Yikes, it has been an interesting year thus  far in the social media space in South Africa and other developing nations. Many business people are now clamoring to get on board with the newest trends in social media. However many of them are falling into two categories:

  1. They believe there is nothing to it, and just go ahead and set up accounts on the popular social media platforms and just go ahead spamming ad with links to every person that can link to…with a hyperlink too! They even feel that it is ok to spam their links as comments to other peoples posts and content. Strategy is non-existent as is any tack or understanding of what social media actually is.
  2. The second group of people are those that have used some social media, and now profess to be experts in it. They put in tons of posts on their own walls and in their signatures. Now heres the problem…they also don’t know too much about it. I even have seen some with links in their signatures…erm but they dont work…the profile does not exist.

The problem with both these groups is a lack of both understanding of social media as well as any form of strategy. Without a basic structure of the input and output benchmarks and measurements, how can people even consider being effective?


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