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   Voxiva HealthWatch
Created Date: 8/13/2008 8:59:46 AM
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Status: In use
License: Proprietary
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: Government Agencies
Developer Name: Voxiva
Product Url: http://www.voxiva.com/solutions_healthwatch.asp
System Requirements: NA
Description: Voxiva HealthWatch is designed to help strengthen the capacity of national, state, regional and local governments to monitor and respond to disease outbreaks. Voxiva HealthWatch enables field staff to submit real-time data reports to the system via web, text messaging, mobile phone or PDA. The data can then be mapped and analyzed by supervisors via a web interface. Communication tools permit sending alerts and broadcasting messages back the field. Voxiva HealthWatch can also be used to store and share key documents and other relevant information.

      Voxiva HealthWatch is being used in developing countries around the world such as Peru, India and Indonesia. It is also being used in the United States by local government agencies such as the Washington, DC and San Diego Departments of Health.

For example, Voxiva HealthWatch has been used in three Indonesian provinces by more than 150 agricultural workers, who are being trained to use mobile phones to document suspected cases of Avian Flu among birds. The H5N1 virus is a major health concern in the country, which has led to the deaths of more than 70 people. In the past, it could take weeks or even months for officials at the Ministry of Agriculture to receive vital information about suspected outcomes and take appropriate action such as halting or redirecting bird shipments. Now, vital data will be transmitted – instantly – via mobile phone software to central health authorities who are able to pinpoint suspected cases, respond, and offer feedback. The approach leverages Indonesia’s cellular, which covers over 90 percent of the nation’s 220 million population.                                                                                     



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