Social Support System:PROPOSAL

PROPOSAL
ON
FINAL YEAR PROJECT TOPIC
DEVELOPMENT OF AN ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA SYSTEM FOR HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

BY
ONIFADE BUNMI JANET
CSC/2008/091
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH ECONOMICS

SUBMITTED TO

DR. H. A. SHORIYAN
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE – IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA
APRIL, 2012




ABSTRACT
Social network services are becoming increasingly popular, and people are using these networks to obtain and share information. The application of social network and social media to the collection, storage and review of personal information presents opportunities for improved personal health management. Social media is also playing an increasingly important role as the sources of health related information.
In the past few years have witnessed the rapid rise of social media, such as Web forums, blogs, wikis and media-sharing websites. Social media websites harness the “wisdom of crowds”,   giving   Internet users have convenient and instant access to information and the communities. These new tools and novel information sources are also becoming ubiquitous due to the increased access to the Internet and mobile communication, such that participants in social media   systems can obtain public health information more quickly and directly than at any time in history.  Moreover, members of the general public can readily discuss their health conditions, disease questions, anxiety, and illness treatments advice interactively with doctors and nurses in social media systems, and how they can quickly find the nearest clinic or hospital around their environs.
This project confirms the growing importance of social media in health communication. It also provides evidence regarding opportunities and challenges faced by health professionals and general public.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page                                                                                                                                                            I
Abstract                                                                                                                                                               II
Table of Contents                                                                                                                                            III
1.       Introduction
1.1          About the Project
2.       Problem definition
3.       Objectives
4.       Research Methodology
5.       Technology to be used
References




1.         INTRODUCTION
1.1       ABOUT THE PROJECT
In preparing a system on Online Social Media System for Healthcare Information Management lets first see what the word healthcare stands for, Health care (healthcare in American English), refers to the treatment and management of illness, and the preservation of health through services offered by the medical, dental, pharmaceutical, clinical laboratory sciences (in vitro diagnostics), nursing, and allied health professions. Health care embraces all the goods and services designed to promote health, including “preventive, curative and palliative interventions, whether directed to individuals or to populations” Health care systems are designed to meet the health care needs of target populations.
Online social media system for healthcare Information management is a social interaction site for the public and qualified doctors and nurses to interact on issues related to their health and in most cases, getting aid as timely fashioned as possible. This system will be managed by the Health Informatics System (HIS) unit, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in conjunction with Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.
The Health Informatics is the use of computer technologies in healthcare to store, share, transmit and analyze clinical knowledge and data.
There are a wide variety of health care systems around the world. In some countries, the health care system has evolved and has not been planned, whereas in others a concerted effort has been made by governments, trade unions, charities, religious, or other co-ordinate bodies to deliver planned health care services targeted to the populations they serve. However, health care planning has often been evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Online social media system for Healthcare Information Management is a broad web-based system that will be able to perform a lot of functions but this project will be handling a basic aspect in human health, which is DRUG ABUSE. The Project will entails how drugs are to be used, effect of drugs to the society at large, intake of drugs and dosages, alcohol intake, effect of drugs on the brain and lots more.
Doctors, especially from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals, Ile-Ife will be able to register their information, area of specialization and also, they will be able to post articles on the website. These articles may be in different forms and it will generally put into consideration those things that happen around us day-in day-out. Some of those articles could involve:

a.       Anti-natal and post-natal care
b.      Nursing mothers
c.       Dangers of drugs
d.      Career advice
e.       Abortions
f.       Symptoms of some diseases like HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer etc.
g.      Exercise and fitness
h.      Depression and how to overcome it
i.        Sex
j.        Puberty issues
k.      Balanced diet including eating disorders.
l.        And many other common health related issues.
PROBLEM DEFINITION
Many a times, people consume drugs on the basis of the information they get from friends or relatives. The reason why they took these drugs was best known to the doctor who prescribed it, the reason which may not be effective for another person. The implication has caused the death of many yet, the public is not fully aware of this. The development of this social media system for healthcare information management will address this issue to a large extent.
Also, a lot of people are ignorant when it comes to health. The adolescent are more affected when it comes to health education and they find themselves responding to such issues negatively. This project will present enough articles which will be coming from reliable sources to solve this problem.
Due to lack of first aid knowledge, people die almost every second. For instance, in a case of an asthmatic patient who had this attack and couldn't reach out for inhaler. People around should be able to provide first aid to help this particular patient, it might not be possible in a case where the public is not well oriented.
Most people are scared of visiting hospitals for medical check-up, counseling and treatment. Some prefer to die in their house without going to the hospital for treatment, reason being that they are scare of what the doctor will diagnose about them. This problem should be eradicated after enough interaction with the doctors.



OBJECTIVES OF THE SYSTEM
The proposed online social media system aims at achieving the following:
        i.            To provide basic health information to the public, especially about the intake of drugs.
      ii.            Patient's confidential issues could anonymously be discussed. For instance, one can explain to the doctor about the symptoms of an ailment and get advice from professionals on what to do, especially about issues that can lead to stigmatization.
    iii.            Adolescent health education
    iv.            Preventive health measures
     v.            Timely fashioned health information
    vi.            Low Costs: definitely, it's cheaper to use online social networking for both personal and business use because most of it is usually free.
  vii.            Builds Credibility: doctors can gain the patient's confidence if they can connect to them on both a personal and professional level.
viii.            Doctors can well monitor and manage their patients well.
    ix.            Improve public health programming and increase information access to the public.



RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
The method to be used for getting data will include the following:
        i.            Oral Interviews
      ii.            Questionnaires
    iii.            Internet
    iv.            Existing books on drug intake
      v.            Existing data



TECHNOLOGY TO BE USED
The technology to be used in this project includes:
1.         PHP (pre-processor hyper programming)
2.         My-SQL for collection and storage of database
3.         WAMP server for offline launching of the website
4.         Adobe dreamweaver
5.         Adobe flash for designing and adding effects to images.



CONCLUSION
To conclude it all, I believe the system will be of a good use to the society at large and it will also reduce death rate in our society.
Drug abuse or misuse of drug and dosage will be taken care of to a large extent.
Also, taking into account of the tips and articles that will be posted on the proposed system, the general public will especially, the young people will be able to get enough health information and by-pass some dangerous risk they might want to take. 

References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_service#Privacy
http://fsb.cvm.msu.edu/documents/PACIS2011-215.pdf

http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/resources/Medical-technology-  devices?utm_source=google&int=off&pre=off&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=GCN&ut           m_content=sy_lp04172012GOOGOTHR_GsidsHPSupp&utm_campaign=HealthITWW

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