Medical Camp - Data Integration for better Healthcare
It was March 2010 when RAHAT camp organized in Tribal district Mandla of MP treated 50000+patients for various ailments in 7 days. Camp was listed in Guinness book of world records. I was lucky to be part of such a mega camp as dentist, we witnessed various dental and oral diseases and a rear disease Noma(cancrum oris) whose reported cases in world are very few . In this camp huge amount of data was generated related to treatment modalities undertaken, medicines used and also disease pattern prevailing.
To my dismay this data was not converted into useful information which could be used in future to combat various endemic diseases, research and also I found lack of integration of various medical camp data which could be of immense help to healthcare industry.
I have noticed that to provide basic and also secondary healthcare, medical camps are organized by various organizations like WHO, UNESCO, Governments, and NGOS all round the world. Along with healthcare services these camps also generate data about diseases, medicine, procedure followed, patients and treatment options.
This data can be converted into information important for pharmaceutical industry, healthcare professional and govt. The data can be used as weapon to fight with various existing diseases, help develop new medicines and also identify emerging disease trends and identify new diseases.
Medical camp data is huge data which is unorganized and not integrated, making it difficult to use information for any good. This provides IT industry opportunity to develop systems that lead to proper utilization of all the data that is being generated and provide proper structural and functional data as required by the end user in order to draw complete benefits from these camps report.
Where is the Problem
Paper based reporting of camp is difficult to handle and information cannot be shared with other organizations when needed. Maintaining this paper based data is another problem.
Medical camps are organized in various location in the world, no single portal for camp registration, No standard way to report camp that is no template available, difficult data entry, data is not analyzed to draw useful conclusions, no integration of data from different medical camps, rural areas of various countries don't have basic facilities for camp to be reported, technical challenges in almost every step to make camp reporting feasible and organized.
Data from various medical camp is missed, this data can be used by various organizations according to the need.
- Convert paper based system to IT based.
Common registration forum for medical camp treating more than 1000 patients.
Standard template for camp reporting.
Listing of all patients ,doctors and other healthcare provider participating in camp.
Details of medicinal products to be used in camp and its manufacturer and supplier.
Analysis tools incorporated in software.
Use of software like MedSaaS for reporting and patient data.
E protocol should be followed.(login information).
Integration of data from all over world and also region wise integration.
All data from all over world should be collected and analyzed to find out
Rare diseases incidence can be found and reported easily.
New treatment which was effective can be reported for further research.
Any issues with current treatment and also with medicine supplied can be found.
Trends of emerging disease can be identified.
Region specific disease can be identified(endemic).
Helpful in identifying gap in medicines.
Direction for pharmaceutical companies Research and Development.
Adverse events with any drug will get captured.
Can be helpful in taking preventive measures before any disease turns epidemic
Other things need to be addressed:
Basic knowledge of computer and software to the camp organizers and team.
Regulation to make it mandatory for registration of camp.
This can be helpful to organizations like WHO, UNESCO, Pharmaceutical companies looking for new opportunities in Research and Development, and also to the governments of several countries.