Document Type

Conference Paper

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This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

1.2 COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE, Computer Sciences, Information Science, Bioinformatics

Publication Details

IASTED International Conference on Telehealth (Telehealth 2005), held at Banff, Canada.

Abstract

Patients with many different conditions are required to take the management of their condition into their own hands and perform Point of Care Testing (POCT) at home. However, this raises quality control issues that would not arise in a clinical setting, since the sample acquisition and testing procedures are not overseen by professional hospital staff. Another major issue, the main focus of this research, is that results from such tests are not clinically validated to ensure that they are plausible for that patient at the time of testing. In hospital, tests taken by clinicians are validated by hi-tech computerised validation systems, before a diagnosis is made. Patients at home must often use the results of tests they take to determine medication dosage or monitor their condition, but these results do not undergo a validation procedure. Thus, there is a need to implement a system of result validation, either locally or by the hospital validation system itself, for people testing at home with POCT devices. This paper describes how mobile phone applications may be used to link patients, who manage their condition in the home, with the hospital information system (HIS) to upload and validate their results.

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