Pre – Clinic Launch Mobile-based Enrolment Process

By Deepak Rajanna, VP – ICTPH

Crucial to the ICTPH Health Systems approach comprising preventive screening, curative, and community and clinic-based intervention components, is a clear demographic understanding of the target geography. Preceding the launch of an RMHC there is the need for a structured enrolment process, for the identification and tracking of the population served using the electronic health record, enabling our community outreach activities with accurate location information of our target populations, and going further, building a strong landscape-epidemiological database.

The solution for enrolment consisted of recruiting temporary workers to perform an enrolment exercise, that included distributing a household ID card, to every household in the identified catchment and collecting information such as the name, age and gender of each family members, and the lat-long co-ordinates of the household using a smart phone running Android OS and an Open Source data-collection tool called ODK Collect.

The entire enrolment exercise was completed in Andipatti under 15 days with fairly good quality, capturing information on about 3000 households consisting of nearly 13000 individuals. This exerience proved to be repeatable when we replicated this activity at another pilot, Alakkudi, in less than 10 days, for nearly half the cost (Rs. 10 per household enrolled in Alakudi, as opposed to Rs.20 at Andipatti). The data collected from the exercise was fed into the HMIS before the RMHC operations began and the usage of ID cards immediately proved an improvement over the earlier method of identification (based on name search). The systematic enrolment process also served as a good marketing exercise since it reached every household in the catchment.

The enrolment process is documented here in greater detail.

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Arul
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Arul
6 years 21 days ago

This is what exactly needed and required for focused delivery of health care. Good work…keep it going….keep sharing without long breaks between.

It is important you share aggregate health profile stats information on quarterly/half-yearly intervals to access the impact of interventions.

Thank you
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bindu
6 years 21 days ago

This is very neat Deepak & team! We will be looking to learn from you and strengthen the KGFS enrollment process.

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Ganesh Prasad
6 years 21 days ago
This is very nice to read about. I think it’s the start of a revolution in direct-to-citizen services. In my IT experience, too much emphasis is placed on technology and not enough on data (data classification, data cleaning). If we have a solid base in terms of well-organised and indexed data, we can then harness appropriate technology to add value on top of that. The Aadhaar (Unique ID) project is taking care of the indexing part, I believe, and if we can trust the integrity of that exercise, we can spin off any number of data-dependent projects that build on… Read more »
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