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Managing research and surveillance projects in real-time with a novel open-source eManagement tool designed for under-resourced countries

Steiner, Andreas and Hella, Jerry and Grüninger, Servan and Mhalu, Grace and Mhimbira, Francis and Cercamondi, Colin I. and Doulla, Basra and Maire, Nicolas and Fenner, Lukas. (2016) Managing research and surveillance projects in real-time with a novel open-source eManagement tool designed for under-resourced countries. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 23 (5). pp. 916-923.

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Abstract

A software tool is developed to facilitate data entry and to monitor research projects in under-resourced countries in real-time.; The eManagement tool "odk_planner" is written in the scripting languages PHP and Python. The odk_planner is lightweight and uses minimal internet resources. It was designed to be used with the open source software Open Data Kit (ODK). The users can easily configure odk_planner to meet their needs, and the online interface displays data collected from ODK forms in a graphically informative way. The odk_planner also allows users to upload pictures and laboratory results and sends text messages automatically. User-defined access rights protect data and privacy.; We present examples from four field applications in Tanzania successfully using the eManagement tool: 1) clinical trial; 2) longitudinal Tuberculosis (TB) Cohort Study with a complex visit schedule, where it was used to graphically display missing case report forms, upload digitalized X-rays, and send text message reminders to patients; 3) intervention study to improve TB case detection, carried out at pharmacies: a tablet-based electronic referral system monitored referred patients, and sent automated messages to remind pharmacy clients to visit a TB Clinic; and 4) TB retreatment case monitoring designed to improve drug resistance surveillance: clinicians at four public TB clinics and lab technicians at the TB reference laboratory used a smartphone-based application that tracked sputum samples, and collected clinical and laboratory data.; The user friendly, open source odk_planner is a simple, but multi-functional, Web-based eManagement tool with add-ons that helps researchers conduct studies in under-resourced countries.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Public Health Computing (Maire)
UniBasel Contributors:Maire, Nicolas and Fenner, Lukas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN:1527-974X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:10 Oct 2017 09:49
Deposited On:01 Dec 2016 15:02

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