Enabling Mobile Disease Surveillance in Mozambique to prevent outbreaks.
Disease surveillance is a process, which tracks the occurrence and deaths of ten diseases, which include some of the leading causes of infant and child deaths. Reports are submitted weekly from approximately 1,000 Health Facilities throughout the country. Weekly reporting often takes 6 weeks to reach the national level, after being manually aggregated at the district, provincial, and national levels, thus slowing response time to outbreaks and not providing granular detail.
The answer is to implement a mobile data collection solution at the health facilities, enabling the data to be automatically aggregated and immediately available to health officials at all levels who can act and and dispatch resources
The solution will allow healthcare workers in the approximate 1000 health facilities throughout the country to submit weekly disease reports, which include 55 data points. The users will be able to submit the data via any mobile phone, the the method of collection will be user-friendly and promote accuracy and timeliness of the data. If the mobile connection is lost, the partially submitted data will be saved so the user can pick up where they left off when the connection was dropped. The user will receive notification that their submission was successfully received by the server. A cloud service will provide web-based reporting and automated alerts (SMS, email) to health officials, enabling quick mobilization of resources to address infections and outbreaks.
Disease surveillance and will be faster, more accurate, and more detailed by leveraging mobile networks to submit information about disease occurrences from the last mile, thus enabling faster response and more effective resource-deployment.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
Community, particularly children
I. Outbreaks will be stemmed, reducing the chance of infection
II. If infection does occur, the information will be escalated and resources will be more quickly dispatched for treatment
Healthcare workers, Health Officials, Supporting Partners, and other Stakeholders
I. Reduced burden on the health system to manually gather and aggregate weekly reporting
II. Timely information over disease occurrence in their jurisdiction
III. Reduced outbreaks, thus reduced burden on the health system
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
The idea has been piloted in one province at the district-level. The key lesson which was learned from this pilot was that it needs to be deployed at the health facility level in order to completely diminish the time to report the information to having it available at the national level. The concept was piloted by collecting the data on smartphones, but it would be good to explore other methods which wouldn't require the deployment of a phone, which makes scalability and sustainability more difficult. The best solution would be one where the healthcare worker can submit the information using any phone, for free, but still have a user-friendly process which ensures accurate and timely data submission.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
• Technology partner expert in:
o User-centric design
o The design and development of a mobile data collection system, which does not require an andoid platform or smartphone
o Data management
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.