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Suzana Brown, Scholar in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, gave a presentation on "The Smart Phone as a viable data collection tool for medical record keeping in low-resource settings.

On April 6, Suzana Brown, Scholar in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, gave a presentation on "The Smart Phone as a viable data collection tool for medical record keeping in low-resource settings."  The talk presented a case study that investigated attitudes of Community Health Workers (CHWs) toward the use of mobile devices in health space, and an implementation of electronic data collection system in two Rwandan communities. The goal was to determine feasibility and usability of the new system and analyze the collected data by comparing them with the existing system. The case study implemented a novel mobile application that was installed on a Tecno P3 smart phone, and put in the hands of 24 Rwandan CHWs to monitor children’s growth, development, and nutrition. The application was designed to be delay tolerant and optimized for low-resource settings. 

The results presented evidence that electronically collected data is better quality than the current paper-based system. In addition, results were compared with a nutrition study of Rwandan children from 2004, and a children growth chart based on the locally collected data is derived. Paper-based and electronic data are compared to the Golden standard which is WHO growth chart on children’s development. A variety of statistical test were performed along with the visual inspection, which shows that Rwandan children do not follow a standard WHO model.