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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(5): 414-417 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.724

Use of a Smartphone to Improve Hospital Discharge Plan Service

Liarn Rurng Wen and Ching Miin Duh

Abstract—Discharge plan service, which affects patients’ recovery ratio and hospitals’ bed turnover rate is very significant in hospital revenues in recent years. However, the effectiveness of discharge plan service has received little attention. Case managers and clinic specialists in hospitals require the latest clinical history and reports of patients anytime and anywhere in order to promote healthcare quality. Therefore, the shift from health information system (HIS) to mobile medical service system is an unavoidable trend. This article reports the implementation of an intelligent Hospital Discharge Plan Services system, which integrates a smartphone through the hospital wireless network to store/access clinical data without time and space limitation. Based on master-slave architecture, Intelligent Hospital Discharge Plan Services (IHDPS) enables health professionals to access back-end patients’ clinical data from the smartphone via an internet connection. IHDPS, through the provision of sufficient patients’ physical information from a clinical database, helps case managers can employ decision tree algorithm to evaluate patients’ comprehensive conditions for adequate discharge arrangement. The system also reduces the workload of healthcare professionals, promotes healthcare quality and reduces the frequency of patients’ in and out of hospital, hence increasing bed turnover rate.

Index Terms—Hospital discharge plan, organizational performance, healthcare information system, smartphone.

Liarn Rurng Wen is with the Department of Management Information Systems, Meiho University, Ping Tung, Taiwan (e-mail: x00003029@meiho.edu.tw).
Ching Miin Duh is with the Department of Information Management, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan (e-mail: chingmiin@ntunhs.edu.tw).


Cite: Liarn Rurng Wen and Ching Miin Duh, "Use of a Smartphone to Improve Hospital Discharge Plan Service," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 414-417, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Jon-Chao Hong
  • Managing Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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