A universal platform for electronic health records for low resource hospitals
Due to the lack of health management systems and technical know-how, most hospitals in Ghana continue to use a file-based system approach. While this method works, it is ineffective for storing and managing medical records. It is difficult to organize and maintain track of information that's dispersed all over the place. Likewise, there is no smart system in place to help transfer medical data from an instrument into the database system of a hospital management to aid in efficiency. Hence, this paper examines the shortcomings in the management methods utilized by Ghana's healthcare institutions, as well as the inefficiencies that result. It goes into details on the nature of electronic health records and the benefits they provide, such as making distance communication and data interchange more accessible, improving the quality of medical treatment, and so on. The project is broken down into three sections. The project's initial goal is to create a hospital management system that eliminates the need for paper medical records. Followed by the transfer of patient data from one hospital to another however, the hospitals must be on the same management system. Finally, to aid in making the system smart is the creation a pulse oximeter that sends the SpO2 value to the hospital management system's database. The report finishes by elaborating on the project's challenges, limitations, and a recommendation for what to do next.
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, May 2022