Mobile Triage App

The Problem

When patients arrive at busy Emergency Centres, its vitally important that they are quickly screened and prioritized appropriately, such that these needing urgent attention are seen immediately. Triage is a process prioritizing patients. Unfortunately patients are often triaged incorrectly, or triage takes very long. This leads to patients dying in Emergency Rooms and and long waiting queues. Research from the Western Cape in South Africa shows that as many as 1 in 4 patients in some settings may be incorrectly triaged.

The South African Triage Scale (SATS) is a triaging system used across South Africa and in 14 other countries in the developing world. It employs algorithms and mathematical scores to calculate illness levels. Typically nurses calculate the score based on paper charts, or from memory. This leads to errors.

The Problem

The Solution

The Solution

To aid nurses to perform triage calculations properly, The Open Medicine Project has worked with a number of other institutions and experts to develop a mobile application which would allow nurses to accurately and efficiently perform the South African Triage Scale. The system is designed very simply and makes triaging patients incredibly easy.



The Impact

(Updated: 15/10/2014)

688 Empowered

688 health-care workers have been empowered through Mobile Triage.


63 Countries

Our Mobile Triage technology is currently being used in 63 countries worldwide.


30 189 Accessed

Mobile Triage has been accessed over 30 189 times in Emergency rooms around the world.

People & Partners

  • African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM)
  • The South African Triage Group (SATG)
  • Medical Research Council of South Africa (MRC-SA)
  • Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP)
  • Western Cape Department of Health
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  • The Kujlai Living Lab