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Chapter 3. SyncML Applications > Supporting Roving Nightingales

Supporting Roving Nightingales

In the era of rising health-care costs, the City General Hospital provides extended care for its patients in their homes. The hospital employs a fleet of visiting nurses called the “Roving Nightingales.” The nurses provide ongoing home care for some patients, as well as pre- and post-operative care for other patients. Over the course of a day, nurses visit a number of patients, record vital signs and other measurements, perform home tests, and collect samples for laboratory tests. The nurses also record a summary of their visual observation of the patients. Sometimes, if a patient is not doing too well, a nurse may decide that the patient needs to come in to the hospital-affiliated clinic to see a doctor. The hospital hosts a Complete eCare application that manages information flow and synchronization between the roving nightingales, doctors, and laboratories, as shown in Figure 3-3. In a real-life scenario, other entities like health insurance agents and pharmacies may need to be incorporated in the Complete eCare application. Those entities are ignored in this application for simplicity.

Figure 3-3. The setting for the Complete eCare application coordinating information exchange between different employees of the hospital and outside entities like independent laboratories.



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