The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences
Radio Frequency Identification-Based Short Message Service Patient Alert Healthcare System

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Pub. Date : April, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJCS50421
Author Name : Abraham Eseoghene Evwiekpaefe and Abimbola Hannah Ayangbayi
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 13



The present state of hospitals in Nigeria at large is worrisome. Normally, patients go to the hospital and fill out registration forms and face long queue before meeting a medical doctor for consultation. Patient registration system in most healthcare facilities is carried out using the traditional paper and pen which are kept in files assigned to patient's name. Also, the number of missed appointments in healthcare institutions in Nigeria causes more health challenges; hence the need for an Internet of Things (IoT)-based healthcare system to provide adequate and seamless care to patients. Therefore, the paper develops a prototype Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based Short Message Service (SMS) system for prompt medical response. The programming language used in creating the system was Python version 3.7.0 with SQLite as the database. An SMS alert system was integrated into the system to remind patients of their appointments with the doctors at the hospital within a specified time and day through the mobile phone numbers provided during registration. A delivery report is received by the system administrator and the message is delivered almost immediately to the patient's mobile phone number. The results of the prototype are demonstrated.


Health is one of the global challenges of the human race. Healthy individuals decrease the burden on the healthcare facilities and medical professionals, etc. Individual earnings are increased and hence a rise in universal domestic product and tax revenue. Improved healthcare system is a necessity for keeping individuals healthy (Spyropoulos, 2017). Hemalatha and Pavani (2017) stated that the Internet of Things (IoT) is so eminent in the real-world through the widened sensory abilities in the healthcare sector and providing transformed prospects for the complete environment which comprises patients, medical practitioners, medical devices, pharmaceutical companies and so on. IoT connects different appliances and equipment that enables them to communicate


Healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT), Nigeria, Python, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Short Message Service (SMS)

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