iCHRCloud: Web & Mobile Based Child Health Imprints for Smart Healthcare

J Med Syst. 2017 Nov 29;42(1):14. doi: 10.1007/s10916-017-0866-5.

Abstract

Reducing child mortality with quality care is the prime-most concern of all nations. Thus in current IT era, our healthcare industry needs to focus on adapting information technology in healthcare services. Barring few preliminary attempts to digitalize basic hospital administrative and clinical functions, even today in India, child health and vaccination records are still maintained as paper-based records. Also, error in manually plotting the parameters in growth charts results in missed opportunities for early detection of growth disorders in children. To address these concerns, we present India's first hospital linked, affordable automated vaccination and real-time child's growth monitoring cloud based application- Integrated Child Health Record cloud (iCHRcloud). This application is based on HL7 protocol enabling integration with hospital's HIS/EMR system. It provides Java (Enterprise Service Bus and Hibernate) based web portal for doctors and mobile application for parents, enhancing doctor-parent engagement. It leverages highchart to automate chart preparation and provides access of data via Push Notification (GCM and APNS) to parents on iOS and Android mobile platforms. iCHRcloud has also been recognized as one of the best innovative solution in three nationwide challenges, 2016 in India. iCHRcloud offers a seamless, secure (256 bit HTTPS) and sustainable solution to reduce child mortality. Detail analysis on preliminary data of 16,490 child health records highlight the diversified need of various demographic regions. Thus, primary lesson would be to implement better validation strategies to fulfill the customize requisites of entire population. This paper presents first glimpse of data and power of the analytics in policy framework.

Keywords: Child health; Enterprise service bus; HL7 protocol; Hibernate; IoT cloud; Mobility.

MeSH terms

  • Child Health*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cloud Computing*
  • Growth and Development
  • Humans
  • India
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / standards
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Sex Ratio
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Vaccines / administration & dosage

Substances

  • Vaccines