Development of a Point-of-Care HIV/Aids Medication Dosing Support System Using the Android Mobile Platform
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Medication Errors; Point-of-Care Systems; Telemedicine; Cellular Phone; HIV Infections; Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active; Medication Systems; Medical Informatics Applications; Decision Support Systems, Clinical
Bioinformatics | Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research | Virus Diseases
Medication dosing errors can greatly reduce HIV treatment effectiveness as incorrect dosing leads to drug resistance and non-adherence. In order to dose correctly, HIV therapy providers must balance several patient characteristics such as renal functions and weight. In developing countries and other resource-limited settings, dosing errors are more likely because treatment is provided by mid-level providers with only basic training in HIV therapy. These providers also typically lack electronic tools informing medical decisions. Widespread adoption of mobile phones in developing nations offers an opportunity to implement a point-of-care system to help providers reduce dosing errors. We discuss the development of the mHIV-Dr system prototype using the new Android mobile platform. mHIV-Dr is being designed to provide dosing recommendations for front-line providers in developing countries. We also discuss the additional challenges in the implementation of the mHIV-Dr system in a resource limited setting.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: J Med Syst. 2010 Nov 6. Link to article on publisher's site