Healthcare Home Information System for Senior Citizen Related Systems and Studies

Healthcare Home Information System for Senior Citizen Related Systems and Studies


          This article discussed the related systems, and the technical background of the study. The developers conducted through review of some related topics to make the study more reliable. In according this study, they made some researches from different related studies for them to come up with their own study.

Technical Background

The developers worked on C# considering that it is the most applicable and recommended language in developing a system. C# is used to create and develop running environment and program of the developed system .Visual Studio 2017 is a programming language and development environment created by Microsoft, which provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows the developer to drag and drop objects into the program as well as manually write program codes. C# is a powerful and flexible programming language. Like all programming languages, it can be used to create a variety of applications. Your potential with C# is limited only by your imagination. The language does not place constraints on what you can do. C# has already been used for projects as diverse as dynamic Web sites, development tools, and even compilers.

The developers also used MySQL Query Browser which is a cross-platform GUI client program that is intuitive and easy to use. MySQL Query Browser provides a graphical interface to the MySQL server for querying and analyzing data and similar in style of use to MySQL Administrator, but is oriented toward accessing database contents rather than server administration.

In this project, the developers used the MySQL Query Browser as the back end of the system in saving and holding all the necessary information about the products and its transactions. It also organizes all important data used in the system in one database.

Healthcare Home Information System for Senior Citizen Related Systems and Studies
Healthcare Home Information System for Senior Citizen Related Systems and Studies

Related System

          The develop system of Cueto (2013) provides many benefits such as convenience, order and price accuracy, eliminates hold times, no waiting in line and no pressure for the customer. The system also includes booking of services, updates on the products and customer, records about the products and sevices and information.

The researchers can gather some information or get some idea on how the develop system evolved. The develop system is using the same software to design and develop.

According to e-Gov: Linking Primary Care Information Systems and Public Health Vertical Programs in the Philippines, community-based primary care information system are one of the building blocks for national health care to local governments, we observed “health information system islands” connected to national verticals programs being implemented in devolved health units. These structures lead to a huge amount of “information work” in transformation of health information at the community level.

The passage of the Affordable Care Act in health centers have become even more important to the nation’s health care system and have increased their number of patients served by nearly 5 million while adding more than 64,000 new full-time staff nationwide.

Health center quality of care equals and often surpasses other services provided by other primary care providers. Overall, health centers emphasize coordinated primary and preventive services or a “medical home” that promotes reductions in health disparities for low- income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities and other underserved populations. Close to 60 percent have been designated patient centered medical homes, which means they emphasize care coordination and communication to improve quality, lower costs and enhance both the patient and provider experience.

The article Caregivers’ acceptance of electronic documentation in nursing homes (Yu P., Hailey D., Li H.), conducted a survey using questionnaires to produce a comparative study. The study was prepared for two Australian nursing homes and the participants were the caregivers employed in the organization. One of the nursing home had already implemented an electronic documentation system and the other stayed paper-based. The survey questionnaires included opinions of the caregiver about their satisfaction using the system. Also their attitude towards it. The same questions      handed to the other group which has remained paper-based. As the result, the study showed that both of the groups were satisfied. Caregivers that have been using the system appeared also to have positive attitude to the system. In summary the paper concluded by means of the electronic nursing documentation system it may lead to improve the efficiency of telemedicine in nursing home settings.

The paper Computer-based nursing documentation in nursing homes: a feasibility study (Ping Yu, Yiyu Qiu and Patrick A. Crookes) discussed the burden of paper-based nursing documentation and the possible solution to it. The study tackled about the complaints and poor performance of aged-care workers due to the old way of documenting their work. The solution according to their prior research is to automate its system. To prove this hypothesis, the authors used survey as its methodology to perform their study. They have surveyed 13 different nursing homes in Australia to know if using automated system in nursing homes will be supported by aged-care workers. Surprisingly, they have found that 89.3% of aged-care workers will support the transition of paper-based into automated system. The number is showing that the workers were very positive about introducing a system for efficiency purposes despite a shortage of computers in their workplace. The study concluded that aged-care workers are willing to accept the automated system and practice adapting the information technology [2].

Comparison of Manual Versus Automated Data Collection Method for an Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Study (M.D. ByrneT.R. Jordan, and T. Welle) is a paper that investigated and improved the use of automated data collection procedures or nursing research and quality assurance. The research proved that investing time and energy just to create reports using manual based can be upgraded. According to the paper, when the system has been implemented and the way of reporting has been upgraded the human errors will be limited. In addition to that the system will be considers an  investment in the organization. In the paper it is written that “in the long and short term, automation efforts can bear the fruits of improved patient outcomes through rapid data re-use and analysis to identify deficiencies and errors while evaluating changes in nursing practice”.

The purpose of the paper Web Based Nursing Home Information System: Needs, Benefits, And Success in Providing Efficient Care At Long Term Care Facilities (Rohan Ohol) is to explore the need of Information Systems for nursing home. The study took place in Columbia, Missouri in the organization named Aging in Place – TigerPlace. According to the research, information system is beneficial to organizations. Upon knowing that building or developing a comprehensive electronic health report is possible to the chosen organization, the focus of the paper is not only to introduce the use of information technology but also develop the actual system that suits to the organization. The system “will not only help care providers in obtaining a complete health care information about residents but will also improve the quality of care for the residents in long term care facilities” according to the paper.

From the reviews, the proponents learned that automation really has an advantage in this field. There are number of evidence that can proved that developing a system can be more effective at helping the employees/volunteers working in the nursing homes. This knowledge suggested that the idea of making the manual-based system of Bahay ni Maria into automated system is a worthy project and that it will bring good result to its beneficiary.  Also, the literature review proved that developing such a system with the same goal as this study is possible and the resources are enough to complete this project.

There are many software systems for nursing homes that are available for purchase and are said to be effective at minimizing the work load of employees. On the other hand, there is no proper documentation about the systems and is not open source. There is no system architecture as well therefore; developers cannot re-use the system for improvement which is reasonable because they are using the system for business purposes. The following are examples of downloadable system once purchased that can be used by many nursing homes.

MedEZ offers automated work in billing, claims submission and electronic health reports. The system simplifies the work of the employees and keeps records effectively .

Horizon Healthware is a computer software and system that automate back-office and clinical field processes for providers of a variety of community-based services such as: Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Personal Care, Homemaker, and Companion Services, Community-based Waiver Programs, Private Duty Nursing, Outpatient Therapy Services, Behavioral/Mental Health.

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