Design of a telemedicine-based system for clinic-in-a-can

George D. Sworo, Moshe Kam, Estella J. Juan

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe an ongoing initiative to bring a reliable and sustainable healthcare infrastructure through Clinic In A Can (CIAN) and Telemedicine to rural communities in Kajokeji, South Sudan. CIAN is an innovative, self-contained medical clinic built in a shipping container and deployed, ready for use, anywhere in the world to provide an emergency healthcare infrastructure. While, Telemedicine refers to the delivery of healthcare and sharing of medical knowledge over a distance using telecommunication and information technology. We propose a design for a telecommunications system that facilitate the operation of the telemedicine network in Kajokeji county by connecting all local Primary Health Care Units (PHCU) to the Clinic In A Can and the regional hospital in Juba, the capital city. The model includes a web based telemedicine system, which provides basic services for medical tele-consultation via both audio and video conferencing. The system will be used to facilitate the communications between Nurse to Doctor or Community Health Worker (CHW) to Nurse, Doctor to patient. We also expand the project to include a database design to store computerized medical records to maintain patient information. This relational database will be used by healthcare providers to store, retrieve and modify patient information, write referrals and give feedback to referrals through a Graphic User Interface (GUI).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012
Pages265-270
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2012Oct 24 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012

Other

Other2nd IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period10/21/1210/24/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

Keywords

  • Mobile Health infrastructure.
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • VSAT
  • WLAN/LANnetwork design

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