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   EpiSurveyor
Created Date: 8/13/2008 8:47:40 AM
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Status: In use
License: Open Source
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: Health Care workers
Developer Name: Datadyne
Product Url: http://www.datadyne.org/?q=episurveyor/home
System Requirements: PDA / Smartphone
Description: EpiSurveyor is a free, open source tool enabling anyone to easily a handheld data entry form, collect data on a mobile device, and then transfer the data back to a desktop or laptop for analysis. With EpiSurveyer, a windows-based program, health care workers enter survey questions on a desktop or laptop. The resulting form is then published to any number of mobile devices, such as a PDA or smartphone. The mobile devices can then be taken into the field and used to record information. Afterward, the devices are synchronized with a desktop or laptop, with the ability to combine all of the data collected into a single table.

In June 2006 a partnership between DataDyne, the UN Foundation, the Vodafone Group Foundation, and World Health Organization was launched to support the fight against measles in Burkino Faso, Kenya, and Zambia. Data officers in each country received training in how to use the EpiSurveyor tool via a Palm handheld computer to collect information from clinics, and then aggregate and analyze it nationally. By replacing paper-based processes, the countries’ ministries of health have dramatically speeded up the rate at which vital information could be collected and the impact of current treatments assessed. Based on the success of this three-country pilot, plans are underway to new digital health systems for use in over 20 measles-affected countries in Africa, as well as to enable health care workers to use the technology to fight other diseases such as malaria.


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