A minimal e-referral for meaningful share of maternal health information in public health scenarios

Rao, Rohini R and Makkithaya, Krishnamoorthi and Kamath, Veena G and Cordeiro, Reena (2015) A minimal e-referral for meaningful share of maternal health information in public health scenarios. International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 8 (2/3/4). pp. 142-162.

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Primary health centres (PHCs) across India provide antenatal, delivery and postnatal healthcare to expecting mothers. In case the expecting mother suffers from a pregnancy-related medical condition that cannot be treated at the PHC, she is referred to the nearest specialist or secondary hospital. The objective of this paper is to present a minimal, affordable and interoperable extensible markup language (XML)-based electronic referral (e-referral) prototype. The e-referral system transfers patient information from the PHC to a specialist at any hospital, for pregnancy-related medical problems. A subject matter expert (SME) panel was formed to identify the minimal dataset and an optimal format for e-referrals in the maternal use case. The data quality of the proposed e-referral information was measured. The e-referral data structures were proven to be complete. The interoperability level achieved by the e-referral prototype was quantified. The minimal e-referral is human processable or syntactically interoperable. The XML-based e-referral data can be very easily integrated with existing hospital information systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public health informatics; e-referral; interoperability; HISs; health information systems; electronic healthcare
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Computer Science and Engineering
Engineering > MIT Manipal > MCA
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 09:31
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 09:31
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148029

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