The piClinic Console is a low-cost, computer solution that automates many of the most time-consuming administrative tasks in a small clinic to improve patient management and clinic reporting. Adopting the piClinic Console helps the a limited-resource clinic move from a paper-based patient record system to automated systems while providing immediate benefits to the clinic staff.
The piClinic Console is built on open-source software, ubiquitous, low-cost hardware, and is designed for the clinic environment to offer an affordable and sustainable patient-information solution for clinics with limited resources around the world. The basic piClinic Console configuration consists of a single monitor with the processor mounted on the back. The mouse and keyboard are connected to the processor.
The piClinic Console can operate effectively in a clinic without requiring any additional resources such as printer supplies or other consumable products. At the same time, the piClinic Console supports such devices as bar-code scanners and printers, form and report printers, and electronic data transfer using USB memories and network connections in clinics that have such infrastructure.
Current Project Status
|Prototype||In Phase 1b development|
Contact Robert Watson for more info or to access the online demo.
The piClinic Console consists of the hardware and software described in the following tables. The hardware to build a single piClinic Console sells for about $240 through online stores such as Amazon. A battery-backed UPS to support power interuptions or poor ambient power quality, costs about $70 to run the system for 60 minutes.
|Processor||Raspberry Pi 3 model B|
|System storage||32 GB micro-SDHC|
|Backup storage||32 GB USB|
|Monitor||19-22” LCD (HDMI)|
|Power||110 VAC, 60 Hz, 25 watts|
|Operating System||Linux Raspbian Stretch|
|Application Software||PHP 7.0|
|Database Software||MySQL 5.7|
Phase 1a (Fall 2017 semester)
Goal: test software configuration and confirm data requirements
- Hardware selected and configured
- Patient Master Index functionally complete
- Patient ID images functionally complete
- Visit tracking functionally complete
- Patient visit images functionally complete
- Initial report set working
- Clinic daily log
- Clinic monthly statistics
- No UI styling
- No system management functionality
Phase 1b (Spring 2018 semester)
Goal: prepare for field test
- (✓) Hardware tested and verified ready for field test
- (✓) Visit tracking functionally complete
- (_) Sytem management functions complete
- (✓) User account configuration
- (_) Clinic configuration
- (_) Backup/restore
- (_) System upgrade
- (_) Data-security features implemented
- (_) Onboard training complete
- (_) Onboard help complete
- (✓) Field-test UI complete
Field Test (Summer 2018)
- Deploy systems to five clinics.
Phase 2 (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
- Revise system, training, and documentation for production
- Investigate multi-user clinic system and multi-user portable system