Title: ICT enabled collaborative e-health for cleft lip/palate treatment

Authors: Noppon Choosri; Krit Khwanngern; Hongnian Yu; Krid Thongbunjob; Rattasit Sukhahuta; Juggapong Natwichai; Pruet Boonma; Anthony Atkins; Suriya Sitthikham

Addresses: College of Arts, Media and Technology/Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, Thailand ' Department of Surgery/Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, Thailand ' Department of Computing and Informatics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, UK ' Ko-Kha Hospital, 381 Moo 3, Sala, Ko-Kha, Lampang, Thailand ' Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science/Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, Thailand ' Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand/Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, Thailand ' Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand/Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, Thailand ' School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 4DE, UK ' Center of Data Analytics and Knowledge Synthesis for Healthcare, Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Abstract: Sophisticated medical treatment often requires a multidisciplinary approach and a number of follow ups. This can limit the opportunity of patients who live in remote areas to access quality and proper treatment due to the fact that healthcare services in Thailand are relatively centralised. The study proposes a collaborative framework to empower local healthcare clusters to service patients in their area of residence more effectively to minimise patient referral to their hub hospital. Several common features and constraints are identified. The investigation is to develop a practical ICT solution based on a case study of cleft-lip/palate treatment using a network in Northern Thailand. Initial implementation of this enterprising project is outlined in this paper. The current progress includes two applications that have been developed to address the high priority issues of collaborative networking. One is to support data sharing for medical teams and the other is to facilitate patients to access better medical services.

Keywords: collaborative healthcare; healthcare information system; digital healthcare; e-health.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2018.094304

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2018 Vol.11 No.3, pp.270 - 292

Available online: 22 Aug 2018 *

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