Problem Statement• In rural clinics, the patients do not have access to specialist Doctors.• The patients are treated by nurses/ GPs.• If the doctor or nurse are unable to identify the cause of the symptoms, the patient is referred to the specialist.• This system has resulted in unnecessary consultation with the specialist in a nearby hospital. Which results in wastage of resources.
Opportunity Recognition• If the patient’s medical record could be made electronically available to the specialist. The specialist could then suggest a referral (if it is a serious issue) or prescribe treatment/medication through the doctor or nurse (if the symptoms are benign).• This will reduce unnecessary referrals and speeds up diagnosis and treatment to rural patients.• The patient’s health record will be stored online to assist doctors and nurses the next time the patient returns to the clinic.
Our PrototypeOnline Electronic Health Record (OEHR)
NurseBio data ofthe Patientis collected The nurse evaluates and captures patients medical data
Bio data ofthe Patientis collected E-Health data Center This updates the patient’s online electronic health record (OEHR).
DoctorBio data ofthe Patientis collected E-Health data Center The nurse is uncertain about the diagnosis of the patient. The nurse then requests a specialist to review the patients data and suggest a diagnosis or referral.
DoctorBio data ofthe Patientis collected E-Health data Center The specialist reviews the patients data from OEHR and suggest a diagnosis or a referral for further investigation.
Doctor E-Health data CenterThe nurse carries out the required diagnosis and treats the patientaccordingly or if required the patient is sent to the nearest hospital.