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Development of a Framework for Collaborative Healthcare Services Delivery

Omogbadegun, Zacchaeus O. (2013) Development of a Framework for Collaborative Healthcare Services Delivery. (IJACSA) International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, xxx (xxx).

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Patients require treatment and care that work, good relationship with practitioner, provision of information, and remaining in control of treatment. Patients need to be empowered to live healthy lifestyles through promotion and the delivery of health information. Seventy-five percentages of Nigeria’s estimated 166million population at 2.87% annual growth rate in 2012 live in rural and underserved areas lacking equitable access to both ICT services and healthcare due to poverty and inadequate health care facilities. A shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, and support workers worldwide is most severe in the poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where they are most needed to direct and guide everyone who becomes ill on the correct use of medications. This is compounded by high illiteracy level, poverty and inadequate Health Care Facilities and personnel. Self-medication offers a way out as people begin to sense the positive benefits of multiplying their options in healthcare. Because of the constraints of distance, costs, and availability of providers (doctors and nurses) in specific areas of medical specialties, the model of treating patients in the general hospital is losing its lustre in favour of dedicated clinics dispersed in the community and remote care in the home. The deterioration of the patient-provider relationship, the overutilization of technology, and the inability of the medical system to adequately treat chronic disease have contributed to rising interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Communication is critical to ensuring delivery of the best possible patient-oriented healthcare among all providers towards achieving equitable access to healthcare. Exchanging information and building communication channels are critical ingredients of biomedical education and research. Today, the patient and the physician should not be alone anywhere in the world as long as here is some form of acceptable technology present. Seamless transmission of medical information through the internet enables teleconsultation of doctors from one corner of the world possible. This paper presents a collaborative framework connecting providers directly to patients for healthcare services delivery in response to the dire need for a framework which would facilitate the development of a national fibre optic backbone infrastructure that ensures high bandwidth availability, universal access, encouragement for private operators to roll out the infrastructure and use of existing government structure as platforms for extending ICT to rural and urban communities. The presented framework facilitates healthcare institutions collaborate and share their resources to provide comprehensive, high-quality and accessible healthcare at an affordable cost. Keywords: Collaboration; Communication; Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Healthcare delivery; Teleconsultation

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr ibukun Afolabi
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 10:06

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