Antenatal care information management system
Bulya, Jackie Kakonge
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In a typical antenatal care management information system, records are usually kept for future reference, retrieval, reproduction and easy management. The daily activities, schedules and events are also recorded. If there is need to know the population of pregnant women, one may need to count the records obtained from different files that contain papers with information. The main objective of this project was to design and develop a new system of managing information in antenatal care. The system helps the hospital in reducing paper work and enhances tidiness in record keeping since the existing antenatal care uses manual keeping that is use of files, books and papers. It also reduces costs incurred in purchasing files, books and papers for individual entities. The system manages records of doctors and pregnant women and their children. The system allows the user to book appointment, print appointment letter and keep records. The study examined various aspects of objectives, and analyzed them and related to the literature and data which was corrected using interviews, questionnaire and observation. It focused on both qualitative and quantitative approach as the methodology. This is because the research is aimed to obtain non biased data from various respondents using both numerical and non-numerical figures such as feelings and emotions. The methodology that was used for software development shall be the rapid application development (RAD) model. It is based on prototyping and iterative development with no specific planning involved. It also focuses on gathering user requirements, early testing of the prototype by the customer using the iterative concept, re use of the existing component and continuous integration. RAD was preferred because requirement may change during project. It is suitable for short term projects that require quick delivery. By using RAD, it was easier to measure progress of the project. The chapter four deals with how the system was designed, developed and its implementation. The antenatal care management information system input and output specifications, designs and why PHP and Java Script language were chosen for development. It also describes why PHP web framework was selected for faster development of the system due to time. The last chapter of this report focuses on summary, concluding and further studies that can be carried out after the system was implemented like addition of new modules.