The aim of this project is to provide the practical experience of working through the complete life cycle of an imaginary project on Personal Health Management System (PHMS). This project will also give students an opportunity to research and exercise various project management methods.
The Personal Health Management System (PHMS) is a three-year project which intends to design, research and produce a personal support system for (1) receiving and storing various test results, reports from GP and specialists, reports of hospital discharge, drug taken lists etc; (2) monitoring health trajectory and predicting trend. The PHMS system will also have an interface with myHealth
This project is complex as it involves putting an innovative use of relatively new technologies especially big data analytics into the existing systems with a need to integrate with various applications across various agencies, e.g., hospital, GP, specialists, dentists.
The PHMS aims to provide a comprehensive support for individual health care with a single point of access to all the health related information which otherwise is scattered in various systems/places without the ability of providing an overall picture of individual’s health. The project is also responsive to the need for change in order to meet different department needs, different platforms and to meet various standards.
Medical data is an area of serious data silo problem. Due to privacy concerns, health data are not shared between doctors and clinics without patients’ consents. However, individuals have the right to collect all the information/data/reports from their doctors, which is the base for this project.
The project requires the support from our community, state and territory governments, the Australian Government and many other health sector parties. Coordination, communication, and collaboration at the national level will be particularly important.
Therefore, the main functionalities that PHMS system provides will include the following:
Collect and store various data (text, images, etc) from health agencies
Monitor and trace individual’s health related activities;
Analyse the trajectory and predict the trend based on various models;
Provide different interfaces with different systems as required.