Hospitals are the largest and most complex organizations where health care is provided. Safe and effective patient care services in hospitals depend on the efficient decisions made by hospital executives. The main task of hospital executives is to ensure the hospital can provide high quality patient care and services.
“Android Mobile Application For Hospital Executives” is an Android application used for displaying hospital performance metrics on a daily basis. This application allows hospital executives to review and monitor hospital operational data with ease of access and in a portable manner. Thus, reducing the effort of the hospital executives to perform their tasks.
In the existing system, hospital executives will use either desktop or paper generated reports for reviewing the hospital performance metrics. It is extremely difficult to monitor the hospital operational data in a speedy and portable manner using the existing system.
The mobile application allows hospital executives to review the hospital performance metrics with ease of access. The mobile app will contain hospital operations data, including daily census, average length of hospital stay, patients admitted and discharged for a given day, patient insurance and diagnosis details and patient demographic distribution.
- Android Mobile Operating System: Version 4.4 or higher.
- IDE tools: Android Studio and Eclipse.
- SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.
- FileZilla FTP client.
- User Interface: XML.
- Code Behind: JAVA, XML, PHP, SQL and JSON.
- HL7 ADT Test feed.
- Microsoft Azure portal.
- Internet: Yes
- Android mobile: Version 4.4 or higher.7
- RAM: 512 MB or higher.
- Device must be enabled for USB debugging.
- Processor: 1GHZ or higher
This application makes use of the Microsoft Azure Portal, which is a cloud computing platform developed by Microsoft for creating, publishing, and managing various applications and services using a global network of Microsoft managed data centers.
TESTING PERFORMED FOR MY APPLICATION:
I have tested my application at different levels by performing different tests that are mentioned above in order to verify whether my mobile application is functioning properly or not. Initially, I conducted unit testing to determine the program flow of my application. Later I performed module testing which involves verifying each function individually to know it is performance .i.e. in my application, checking the functionality of each metric means when here it is properly fetching JSON data or not.
After completion of writing the whole code, I tested whether all metrics in the application are displaying the same data as present in the database. Moreover, I have developed this project in association with Prime Healthcare Services where hospital executives have tested this application which meets their requirements.
Screen shots captured while testing this application at different levels which executed successfully without errors are shown below:
This application can be enhanced using Interface Engines which store decoded HL7 messages. The Interface Engines can be mapped and synchronized with the database. The application can be further extended to display new metrics like surgery schedule, staffing requirement, etc. on the Android User Interface.
This application is a utility for hospital executives and helps them to review, monitor and analyze the hospital performance metrics on a daily basis such as daily census, average length of patient stay in the hospital, number of patients admitted and discharged for a given day, patient insurance details like insurance company name and number of patients using the corresponding insurance, diagnosis details like the least and the most common diagnosed diseases and patient demographic distribution like percent of patients coming from each county, without using paper based generated reports and desktop reports.
This system can improve the efforts of hospital executives by providing hospital operational data in a portable manner with ease of access and helps them in making effective decisions required for improving the quality of patient care services.
Source: California State University
Author: Vihitha Nalagatla