Article about ICT
and public health in Zambia popped up today. An excerpt from the article
is pasted below.
How PDAs Are Saving Lives in Africa
"Zambia today is
helping to lead a public health revolution that has the potential to improve the
lives of millions of people in the developing world. By switching from
paper-based to mobile-enabled digital health systems, Zambian health workers are
empowered with new 'eyes and ears' in the field-devices that increase the speed
and accuracy with which vital health information can be collected and recorded.
These PDAs, sometimes more powerful than laptops of the recent past, quickly are
becoming a vital public health management tool.
DataDyne.org http://www.DataDyne.org and http://www.unfoundation.org/vodafone,
the non-profit organization I (Joel Selanikio, MD) co-founded, is helping to
forge this promising new path. Through the course of my work as a Wall Street IT
consultant, a pediatrician, and a medical officer at the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, I developed an interest in applying computer
science to the public health domain. The result is EpiSurveyor http://www.datadyne.org/?q=episurveyor/home--a
free, easy to use, open source software