Introducing dynamic forms in a client-server based hospital information system in Uganda

  • eHMIS is a Ugandan Hospital Information System (HIS), which targets the Sub-Saharan market. In its first version all forms were programmed statically and adaptations were done by code modifications. In 2014 the development of a second version of eHMIS based on Java started. This work aims at introducing dynamic forms to this new version. While forms that are significantly important to the workflow of the application will remain static, others are replaced by forms that are dynamically designed by the user. By that, the application will become more flexible and local and situational tailoring will be possible without inducing extra costs. In this thesis the design, implementation and testing of dynamic forms in eHMIS is discussed. The architecture is based on the questionnaire resource of FHIR®. The module enables the user to create questions and group them into sections and questionnaires. For each question the type of answer expected and other constraints can be defined. A user interface covering all functions was designed, so that no programming skills are required. In a first step dynamic forms were integrated in the application's workflow for recording symptoms, though other fields of application are possible. For testing, a usability experiment was conducted in Tororo Hospital in Eastern Uganda, using the thinking aloud method. Results were analysed and evaluated to detect usability problems and gain a general impression of user satisfaction.

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Author:Britta Lohmann
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Heilbronn
Granting Institution:Hochschule Heilbronn, Informatik
Date of final exam:2016/02/29
Release Date:2016/06/18
Tag:Application; Uganda; eHMIS
GND Keyword:Programmierung , Krankenhaus , Symptom , Uganda
Access Right:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung