Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Transforming Community-based Healthcare with CommScape

Kuang Chen, Kurtis Heimerl, Tapan Parikh, Christine Robson and Beth Trushkowsky

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2009-155
November 5, 2009

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-155.pdf

Community HealthWorkers (CHWs) perform home visits for rural populations, provide basic healthcare, educate the population on disease prevention, refer patients to infacility treatment, and have the potential to capture vital data for predicting and preventing disease. These programs capture important information for research and monitoring, but face challenges in using the information to improve service delivery. We propose an information system for CHWs that not only captures but operationalizes data with a careful composition of technologies, including data visualization and delay tolerant networking. CommScape, an application for mobile phones, allows CHWs to capture, visualize and share key information like personal medical histories and trends and alerts. We posit that CommScape can improve CHWs’ quality of care, ability to predict and prevent diseases, and allow for better allocation of health resources.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Chen:EECS-2009-155,
    Author = {Chen, Kuang and Heimerl, Kurtis and Parikh, Tapan and Robson, Christine and Trushkowsky, Beth},
    Title = {Transforming Community-based Healthcare with CommScape},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2009},
    Month = {Nov},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-155.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2009-155},
    Abstract = {Community HealthWorkers (CHWs) perform home visits for rural populations, provide basic healthcare, educate the population on disease prevention, refer patients to infacility treatment, and have the potential to capture vital data for predicting and preventing disease. These programs capture important information for research and monitoring, but face challenges in using the information to improve service delivery. We propose an information system for CHWs that not only captures but operationalizes data with a careful composition of technologies, including data visualization and delay tolerant networking. CommScape, an application for mobile phones, allows CHWs to capture, visualize and share key information like personal medical histories and trends and alerts. We posit that CommScape can improve CHWs’ quality of care, ability to predict and prevent diseases, and allow for better allocation of health resources.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Chen, Kuang
%A Heimerl, Kurtis
%A Parikh, Tapan
%A Robson, Christine
%A Trushkowsky, Beth
%T Transforming Community-based Healthcare with CommScape
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2009
%8 November 5
%@ UCB/EECS-2009-155
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-155.html
%F Chen:EECS-2009-155