Bridging the Paper to Digital Data Gap
Many rural and/or low-income communities worldwide rely on predominantly paper-based systems for supply chain management. Often there is no standardized system for collecting and reporting logistics data, particularly in the tracking of health commodities. The lack of such a reporting system leads to frequent stockouts and an inability to provide treatment and services to patients. Improved data visibility is essential for more timely and accurate decision making by health supply chain managers, immunization officers, and other health officials who experience significant challenges in receiving and analyzing data from paper-based systems. Developed in partnership with the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering, ODK Scan is a practical and low-cost mHealth solution that uses an Android application to enable a more efficient paper-to-digital process that can
- Translate paper data to digital format for more accurate and timely statistical analysis and aggregation.
- Significantly reduce the amount of time health workers spend on manual data input, allowing more time for frontline health service and delivery.
- Alleviate the burden on health supply chain managers in receiving and analyzing data from paper-based systems.
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