A Feasibility Study on Infectious Disease Surveillance System for Barangay Health Centers of Makati City
Purpose – An Infectious Disease Surveillance System will allow for the easier transition of the latest medical reports from all public medical facilities in the City and detect any epidemic or outbreak, based number of reports per disease and its corresponding geolocation, as well as existing predictive or seasonal models and historical data from the local health department.
Method – The researchers utilized the descriptive developmental approach, where a feasibility study was conducted first before creating a prototype and used surveys, questionnaires, and interviews to gather data. In system development, the waterfall model was used, developed the different module or units individually, tested it then integrated the modules into singular system and finally tested it again.
Results – The developed Infectious Disease Surveillance System was evaluated by randomly-selected personnel from the IT and non-IT group in terms of functional suitability, compatibility, usability, reliability, and security of the ISO 25010 software quality model and obtained an overall evaluation of Very Acceptable with an overall composite mean rating of 4.33.
Conclusion –The developed system is feasible according to the results of the product, organizational, financial, technical, and market feasibility analysis. Most respondents believed that the system was interesting and expressed various degrees of desire to procure the system for their professional needs. The developed system has a moderate to high potential attractiveness to the industry given its timeliness and relevance. However, factors that may affect marketability include the reduction of budget allotment for healthcare by the national government and minimal number of potential customers (public and private health institutions).
Recommendations – Based on the conclusions derived from the conduct of this study, the following suggestions are recommended, maximize the rollout of the Makatizen Cards to include children to ensure every citizen can be detected in the system database; utilize the location data of confirmed cases of an infectious disease to track the spread of the disease from one person to another which will be useful in identifying the patient zero of a new previously undiscovered infection and; the developed system can be integrated with the existing disaster and risk management system of Makati City.
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