Identify System Constraints

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Identify System Constraints

Identifying the high-level system constraints will help implementers understand the factors that need to be addressed in order to design a system that fits the unique context. Identify known constraints such as:

  • Data Capacity - For example, the following types of questions might be asked about a client registry or a shared health record; What is the country’s population? How many of those people will the registry need to support? How many patients are already stored in point-of-care applications? For other projects, the questions may be about how many facilities or products need to be supported.

  • Data Quality - How complete and accurate is the patient demographic data captured in the existing point-of-care and/or national identifier systems? Which existing records are paper and which are electronic?

  • Network Capacity and Reliability - Are there constraints on the network reliability or capacity? Are secure network connections between organizations already established?

  • Power Constraints- Are there any constraints on electricity or power? If so, what are they?

  • Data Privacy Laws and Regulations– Are there any local or regional data privacy laws that apply to the client’s demographic data?

  • Other healthcare software laws or regulations – Are there applicable guidelines for managing healthcare records or for validating healthcare software?

Based upon the country’s unique context, there may be additional constraints that need to be documented.

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