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Routine data for disease surveillance in the undeveloped region of the OR Tambo district of the Eastern Cape Province.

Authors
  • Kabuya, Chrispin
  • Wright, Graham
  • Odama, Anthony
  • O'Mahoney, Don
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in health technology and informatics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
197
Pages
103–107
Identifiers
PMID: 24743086
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The research team needed to upsize the solution previously tested so that it could expand the routine data collected via tablet computers. The research team identified the general flow of data within clinics. Data was mainly collected from registers, which were later converted to electronic form and checked for duplication. A database was designed for the collection of demographic data (Patient Master Index), which was aimed at eliminating duplication of patients' data in several registers. Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect was setup on Android tablets for collecting disease related routine data, while ODK Aggregate as the storage and aggregates of data captured by ODK Collect and the Patient Master Index for demographic data, were setup on an Apple Mini Mac server. Data collection is in progress. The expected results include improved data quality, reliability and quick access to summary data. Secondly, instant retrieval of patient demographic details and clinic numbers are included. Thirdly, ability to form standard reporting from the SQL database and lastly exporting data into the TIER.net and DHIS systems via CVS files thus eliminating the need for data capturers are shown.

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