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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. Improving Rural Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria using Distributed Expert System Technology. 15th European Conference on e-Government-ECEG 2015-01-06 University of Portsmouth, UK. (In Press)

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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. The ratio of medical doctors to 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: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: Dr ibukun Afolabi
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 13:57
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 09:25

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