CHAPTER I THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND Introduction In today’s modern age where computer has become a way of life, it is evidentthat a majority of the country’s institutions still do not adapt the high technology. Particularly in most medical clinic facilities, daily clinic transactions are still done onpaper. We all know that modern clinics are now operating at great pace striving toserve as many patients as possible with the best of their abilities.
But as the yearsrolled by, the number of patients has grown and various medical cases arise that themanual method of managing patients’ records, prescriptions, billing and appointmentschedule, is no longer practical. In this study, we hope to develop a web-based application that will minimize allpaper works and manual records keeping, therefore allowing doctors and staff ease inkeeping track of patients, reducing patients’ waiting time and increasing the number ofpatients served – a system that is fully automated, user-friendly, time effective andefficient.
Background of the Study Now more than ever, people have become more health conscious and are takingnecessary steps to ensure that they have a sound body and mind – that is whyeveryday many people come to clinics or health facility for check-ups and treatments. Amedical clinic is primarily devoted to the diagnosis and care of patients. Basically patients spend a substantial amount of time in clinics waiting for services to be deliveredby the doctor or health professional.
The degree to which the patients are satisfied withthe care received is relative not only to the doctors’ expertise in their field, but also tothe quality of the clinic management. And we all know that as the number of patientscontinually increase, managing a clinic can also become increasingly difficult, especiallyif everything is done manually. Objectives of the Study General Objective: The general objective of this study is to design and develop an online clinicmanagement solution that will serve as proposal to help doctors save ime andresources with the automation of its daily clinic operations. Specific Objective: 1. )To computerize records keeping of patients; 2. )To allow doctors to retrieve complete patient history instantly; 3. )To automate billing statement and official receipt; 4. )To automate medical prescriptions and medical certificate. Assumptions This study is conducted based on the following assumptions: 1. )That the doctors and staff will use the proposed system; 2. )That the current clinic management is done manually and now requires automation. Hypothesis of the Study
The proposed online clinic management system will greatly improve theefficiency and quality of care in clinical practice. Primarily, this study has the followinghypothesis: The profiles of the respondents taken are their age, gender, occupation and civilstatus. The manual system is very time consuming, inconvenient and strenuous when itcomes to recording, updating, storing, organizing, and retrieving patient’s records in thecabinet. The proposed online system is the best solution to do away with the oldmethod of data keeping such as folders and file cabinets, which do not allow easy retrieval.
Not only will records be more accurate, the clinic can also accommodate more patients than ever before Statement of the Problem Specifically, this study aims to answer the following: 1. )What are the profiles of the respondents in terms of: 1. 1 Occupation; 1. 2 Age; 1. 3 Gender; 1. 4 Civil Status? 2. )What are the common problems encountered with the existing manual system of managing a clinic? 3. )What are the possible solutions to the problems encountered with the current system? 4. )What is the difference between the manual system and the proposed system? Scope and Delimitation
In general, the focus of this study is directed towards the design anddevelopment of an online clinic management system. About five small to medium sizedmedical clinics with its doctors, staff and patients are randomly selected within Cebuarea only from December 2007 to January 2008. The study is largely dependent on thehonesty, sincerity and integrity of the respondents. In this proposed system, records and files are computerized and stored online foraccessibility and portability. However, the proponents limit the online feature of thesystem to doctors and staff only.
Web-access of the patients is not included. Thesystem has a secure log-in for doctors and staff. Managing appointments is alsointegrated and billing statements and official receipts are automated as well as medicalprescriptions and medical certificates. Significance of the Study Socio-economic significance. In this study, the proposed system will inspire other students to develop an effective and efficient system. Technological significance. The proposed system will introduce technology to the medical clinics that are until now adapting the manual method of clinic management.
The result of this study is beneficial to the following: Clinic. The proposed system will simplify and automate everyday clinic tasks and can help maximize time spent with clients thereby providing better service making it more profitable. Doctors. The proposed system will make it easier for the doctors to manage the clinic and convenient when it comes to retrieving patient records. Doctor’s staff. Doctor’s secretary and staff can benefit a lot from this study, as they are an integral part of the whole clinic management.
Patients. Patients are the doctor’s principal assets. And the reason why this study is conducted is to provide a solution to doctors’ need to better serve their patients. Researchers. The researchers have developed their writing, analysis, and interpretation skills needed to make a good thesis. 5 Future Researchers. This will benefit other researchers who wish to have similar studies as they can get background information from the result of this study which will serve as template to modify their research.