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Improving Rural Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria using Distributed Expert System Technology

Oladipupo, O. O. and Daramola, Olawande and Oyelade, O. J. and Afolabi, I. T. (2015) Improving Rural Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria using Distributed Expert System Technology. In: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on eGovernment 2015: ECEG 2015.

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Provision of adequate healthcare for the citizens is the responsibility of governments. This involves recruiting qualified medical personnel, and providing quality medical services nationwide. Theratio of medical doctorsto patients in Nigeria is 1:6,800, which means the citizens are grossly underserved in terms of medical services. Hence, there is need for new strategies that will ensure that more citizens access healthcare services, particularly people in the rural areas. In this paper, a framework for an SMS based expert system for rural healthcare delivery is proposed, which takes advantage of the wide coverage of telephony services in the rural areas in Nigeria. A preliminary evaluation of the expert system for pulmonary heart disease that was developed reveals that it emulates human expert capability at a reasonable level. This makes it suitable for deployment on a national scale to cater for the shortage of medical practitioners particularly in the rural areas

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical services, healthcare delivery, expert system, mobile technology, e-governance,Fuzzy logic
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 15:03
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 15:26

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