Every 20 minutes, Operation ASHA’s tablets use their SIM cards to encrypt and send patient data to an Electronic Medical Record System. This system is web-based and is available through the Internet, at the click of a button.

The EMR collates data in various formats designed both by Government authorities and Operation ASHA. Thus, the National Manager is able easily to access reports for the entire Intervention Area and use them to analyze, improve, and make policy/budgeting decisions. The provincial and district level also have the same capacity within their province/district. The field supervisor can also look at the data for his area to analyze and improve the performance of field staff. The field staff can examine the data of individual patients, analyzing their behavior to help ensure high adherence and treatment success rate.

Thus, whereas a field supervisor can see the progress of an individual patient and whether (or at what time) the patient has taken the dose on a given day, the National Director can see the progress of the overall program. Operation ASHA is the first to develop and implement such capabilities.

 EMR has recorded over 776,112 transactions so far. These are in relation to the following disease areas and subjects, in India and Cambodia:

  1. Over 28,656 TB patients
  2. Diabetic status of about 1,640 persons and further tests for many of them
  3. Mental health status of 7,469 symptomatics of TB
  4. Lab results for thousands of subjects
  5. Thousands of symptomatics of TB

Discussions are continuing with many other organizations in half a dozen countries for replication of EMR, eCompliance and other technologies of Operation ASHA. EMR has been designed to handle millions of subjects spread across the world.

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