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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making

, 10:69

First Online: 03 November 2010Received: 15 May 2010Accepted: 03 November 2010


BackgroundTo assess the application of cell phone integrating into the healthcare system to improve antenatal care ANC and expanded programme on immunization EPI services for the under-served population in border area.

MethodsA module combining web-based and mobile technology was developed to generate ANC-EPI visit schedule dates in which the healthcare personnel can cross-check, identify and update the mother-s ANC and child-s EPI status at the healthcare facility or at the household location when performing home visit; with additional feature of sending appointment reminder directly to the scheduled mother in the community.

ResultsThe module improved ANC-EPI coverage in the study area along the country border including for both Thai and non-Thai mothers and children who were either permanent resident or migrants; numbers of ANC and EPI visit on-time as per schedule significantly increased; there was less delay of antenatal visits and immunizations.

ConclusionsThe module integrated and functioned successfully as part of the healthcare system; it is proved for its feasibility and the extent to which community healthcare personnel in the low resource setting could efficiently utilize it to perform their duties.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6947-10-69 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Jaranit Kaewkungwal - Pratap Singhasivanon - Amnat Khamsiriwatchara - Surasak Sawang - Pongthep Meankaew - Apisit Wechsart


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