Smart Facilities: Passive Data Collection for Decision Support

Point of care data capture is increasing steadily, as internet and electrification improve, but often requires multiple methods of data capture to push data from a facility to an MOH or central office. In a medium sized health facility, it is not uncommon for staff to capture data in a mobile app for a particular disease, enter patient data in a web platform for other programs, upload spreadsheets for a third type of data, and so forth. In this session, learn how BAO Systems has partnered with EdgeDX to leverage a device known as the Node to seamlessly capture, transmit, and make use of passive and system data streams.

 The Node is an Android based device that can connect to common lab equipment (Abbott, Roche, Gene Expert, etc), sensor data (IoT), and systems (EMR, LMIS, etc) to transmit select data passively to a central command system. In countries with a national identifier, BAO Systems can automatically update a patient’s COVID-19 results based on a lab results transmitted without any additional data entry by simply entering a user's unique identifier during the test at the lab. This form of passive data transmission reduces data collection efforts, improves timeliness, and could even detect a trend at a facility to trigger alerts.

One-way passive data collection and push is useful, but to enable a Smart Facility, data flow needs to be bidirectional. BAO Systems is working to push key data back to the facility point of contact for health workers to help steer providers to proper interventions, improve health outcomes, increase data quality, reduce ROI, and more. By being able to process data centrally and use DHIS2 as an enhanced decision support system, local point of care staff can be informed about possible stock outs, schedule equipment service or training, monitor for outbreaks, and much more.

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