A clinical support application to foster collaboration between community health nurses and medical specialists

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Community health nurses of the CHPS program find themselves operating in remote environments sometimes, and are cut off from the training sessions and specialist interaction that colleagues in urban areas are exposed to. This means for them that they are unable to provide quality healthcare to the communities they serve in some instances. Because of this, there is little faith in the program by the community members who tend to travel long distances to urban areas, where they believe they will receive good health care. To improve upon the performance of community health nurses, a mobile application is proposed for their use. This mobile application would foster collaboration between the nurses and specialist and also provide clinical support and educational materials for these nurses. The benefits of this application are access to clinical advice and professional development of community health nurses and better access to healthcare by communities.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Computer Science, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, April 2013
Ghana, community health nurses, mobile app, Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS), health care