ELMR: Lightweight mobile health records

Arvind Kumar, Amey Purandare, Jay Chen, Arthur Meacham, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

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Abstract

Cell phones are increasingly being used as common clients for a wide suite of distributed, database-centric healthcare applications in developing regions. This is particularly true for rural developing regions where the bulk of the healthcare is handled by health workers due to lack of doctors; the widespread availability of cellular services have made mobile devices as an important computing platform for enabling healthcare applications for these health workers. Unfortunately, the current SQL model for distributed client/server systems is far too heavy-weight for these applications, particularly in light of the high communications cost and extremely limited data transmission capacity available in these environments. In this demonstration, we describe the Efficient Lightweight Mobile Records (ELMR) system that provides a practical and lightweight database access protocol for accessing and updating records remotely from mobile devices under an extremely bandwidth and cost-constrained Short Messaging Service (SMS) channel comprising of 140 byte packets. We have implemented ELMR using the RMS functionality in J2ME, and integrated it into an HIV treatment application we are developing for use by African health workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGMOD-PODS'09 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems
Pages1035-1037
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems, SIGMOD-PODS'09 - Providence, RI, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2009Jul 2 2009

Publication series

NameSIGMOD-PODS'09 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems, SIGMOD-PODS'09
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, RI
Period6/29/097/2/09

Keywords

  • Cell phones
  • Rural healthcare
  • User interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Kumar, A., Purandare, A., Chen, J., Meacham, A., & Subramanian, L. (2009). ELMR: Lightweight mobile health records. In SIGMOD-PODS'09 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (pp. 1035-1037). (SIGMOD-PODS'09 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Data and 28th Symposium on Principles of Database Systems). https://doi.org/10.1145/1559845.1559974