Application of smart phone in "Better Border Healthcare Program": a module for mother and child care

BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2010 Nov 3;10:69. doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-10-69.

Abstract

Background: To assess the application of cell phone integrating into the healthcare system to improve antenatal care (ANC) and expanded programme on immunization (EPI) services for the under-served population in border area.

Methods: A module combining web-based and mobile technology was developed to generate ANC/EPI visit schedule dates in which the healthcare personnel can cross-check, identify and update the mother's ANC and child's EPI status at the healthcare facility or at the household location when performing home visit; with additional feature of sending appointment reminder directly to the scheduled mother in the community.

Results: The module improved ANC/EPI coverage in the study area along the country border including for both Thai and non-Thai mothers and children who were either permanent resident or migrants; numbers of ANC and EPI visit on-time as per schedule significantly increased; there was less delay of antenatal visits and immunizations.

Conclusions: The module integrated and functioned successfully as part of the healthcare system; it is proved for its feasibility and the extent to which community healthcare personnel in the low resource setting could efficiently utilize it to perform their duties.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cell Phone*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration
  • Child, Preschool
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Health Communication / methods*
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Medical Informatics Applications*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care / organization & administration*
  • Software
  • Transients and Migrants
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult