DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ONLINE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Undergraduate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to design and implement an online healthcare system for General Hospital Minna. Healthcare services rendered to outpatient, and can be defined as a patient who receives medical treatment without being admitted to a hospital. It is a patient who is not hospitalized for 24 hours or more but who visits a hospital, clinic or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment.

The combination of PHP, MYSQL and MACROMIDIA DREAMVEAVER was chosen for this project. The online outpatient database system offers functionalities to quick access to patient records. It also provides management with timely, confidential and secure medical reports that facilitates planning and decision making and hence improves medical service delivery.

To achieve these objectives, we proposed a new method for entering and storing patient data.  The nurse ensues a patient for the doctor, views the patient’s history, diagnose and makes prescriptions based on the patient’s symptoms, this is based on the database for further reference and improving data security.


STATEMENT OF THE RESULT

   The General Hospital Minna healthcare records of In-out patient exhibited a lot of difficulties in the system which is manual and is based on paper cards to collect a patient record. So it needed Information Technology (IT) based solution, an evaluation of alternative appointment systems to reduce waiting times and underutilization of a patient database system in the hospital. Some of the problems are stated below;

1.     Data is stored in a way which makes it difficult for the management to retrieve useful information.

2.     Difficulties in doctor patient appointment.

3.     Enquiries about the patients record are sometimes difficult to deal with as patient’s record are not stored in a form that is easily accessible.

4.     Problems were encountered is the time-consuming nature of the manual of the patients lists and retrieval of patient file for various reason from the existing record system.

5.     The hospital does not have back-up of medical records in the case of natural disaster for example flood, fire-outbreak.

6.     Missing some or most of the patient’s records.

7.     Patient’s information is usually mixed up while carrying files from one point to another.

8.     Difficulty in locating patient at hospital by the visitors