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International Journal of Soft Computing
Year: 2008 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 421-427
GSM Based Referral System for Primary Health Care Centres in Nigeria
P.A. Idowu and A.S. Ajayi
 
Abstract: In an attempt to reduce paper work, forestall the problem of case notes getting lost in transit, shield the contents of case notes away from patients which could also lead to a psychological breakdown by the patient and as a result of all these reduce mortality rate in the primary health care centres in Nigeria, an electronic referral system is designed to alleviate all these aforementioned problems. Medical personnelís (such as nurses, local health officers and doctors) were interviewed in an attempt to acquire a detailed knowledge of their manual process of referring patient. The results showed that patientsí case notes (which encompass patientsí symptom, diagnosis, medication with the clinical number) were transmitted using mobile phone on a Global System for Mobile Communication carrier from the referral package within few seconds. In conclusion, the work has the potential to increase medical personnel productivity, reduce prenatal and neonatal mortality rates, improve medical care and minimize the cost of referral since GSM facilities are already on ground and some mobile operators offers free text services.
 
How to cite this article:
P.A. Idowu and A.S. Ajayi , 2008. GSM Based Referral System for Primary Health Care Centres in Nigeria. International Journal of Soft Computing, 3: 421-427.
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