Developing an online patient appointment scheduling system based on web services architecture
Currently, many healthcare providers in primary health care use computerized information systems to a certain extent. However, the problem of heterogeneous information sources has impeded the integration of health care information within primary health facilities. How to facilitate information sharing among the different healthcare providers has been recognized as a growing area of significant importance due to its role in enhancing patient centered, continuity of care. However, the design and implementation of integrated health information system is challenging due to the heterogeneity and autonomy of different clinical specialties and differences in ownership of clinical practice and resulting differences in information systems that they use. The emergence of the Web Services Technologies brings the opportunity to addressing the above challenges by using new set of technological solutions. This paper proposes an online patient appointment scheduling system based on the Web Services architecture. The analysis and implementation results show that the Web Services architecture provides an ideal design paradigm for the development of integrated health care information system in the primary care setting.