Software Development Issues and Challenges in Digitalizing an Existing Health System for Tuberculosis Patients: A Case Study in Malaysia

ABDULLAH ZAWAWI, TALIB and LEE HENG, WEI and MOHD AZAM, OSMAN and MUSTAFA KAMAL, RAZAK and STEVEN CHAN, EW CHOONG and WONG, POH LEE (2014) Software Development Issues and Challenges in Digitalizing an Existing Health System for Tuberculosis Patients: A Case Study in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication and Information Technology CCIT 2014, 01 - 02 June,2014, London, UK.

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Abstract

Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent, and is one of the top killers among infectious diseases in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the TB incidences are increasing every year. Although the TB treatment success rate is increasing, the number is still not very promising compared to those in neighbouring countries. A study showed that patients treated without close observation by the hospital have a substantially higher risk of adverse outcome. The study also showed that a large proportion of unsuccessful treated cases could be identified and prevented at an earlier stage if the patients are closely observed by the hospital. As a result, we initiated a project called “Wellness Community: M-Health for TB patients” in an effort to enable the hospital to closely monitor and communicate with TB patients by utilizing information and communications technology. We developed a prototype of M-Health system which deploys push and pull technology to allow doctors or TB specialists push messages or medical advices to their patients using mobile devices or to pull/retrieve any messages sent by patients to the system. Doctors and specialists can also view the patients’ medical records using the system. Furthermore M- Health for TB Patients can help hospital to educate their TB patients more about the disease. This paper discusses the software development issues and challenges in developing the system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile technology, online messaging, tuberculosis, agile software development
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 18 May 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 18 May 2019 12:19
URI: http://publications.theired.org/id/eprint/2454

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