Introduction to Health Care System

1671 Words Jul 27th, 2011 7 Pages
1.0 INTRODUCTION
1.1.1 BACKGROUND
The explosion of information technology has opened a new realm of communication and information technology. This has given enlightenment and development to many fields which affect our lives directly or indirectly, these does not exclude medical record system. A medical record in general is a systematic documentation of a single patient's long-term individual medical history and care. The term 'Medical record' is used both for the physical folder for each individual patient and for the body of information which comprises the total of each patient's health history. (Moyle, 1976).
The information contained in the medical record allows health care providers to provide continuity of care to individual
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Also, the objective of this project is to design a relational database that will enable easy storing and effective retrieval of patients’ health records.
Also, it is to make the system very fast so as to avoid students, staffs, workers, staying for long before provided the needed service.
In addition, another objective is to design and develop an application which will be used to communicate with the back-end (database) to store and retrieve information. The specific objective is the Business Logic (the middle layer). This is the layer that connects the database with the interface.

1.4 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This project is a design and implementation of an Electronic Medical Record System as a stand-alone application for the Health Care Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University. This system is not web-based due to the level of technology of the staffs and some other reasons. This system also does not cover the transfer of patients to other hospitals which happens in exceptional cases. This project also does not cover the technologies of experiments and how they are been carried out on patients. The result of such experiment carried out on patient is covered.

DEFINITION OF TERMS
Records
a. Patient health record: is the primary legal record documenting the health care services provided to a person in any aspect of the health care system. The term includes routine clinical or office records,

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