The Agincourt health and demographic surveillance system (Agincourt HDSS) also known as MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit is set to adopt a paperless system of data collection for its 2017 annual census and this is tagged E-Census. Prior the adoption of electronic system, the Agincourt HDSS has been using more than 160,000 sheets of paper (A4) for its census annually. Over the years, the unit has adopted paperless system for some of its short survey projects e.g. Geographic Information System (GIS); Prospective Household observational cohort study of Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial virus and other respiratory pathogens community burden and Transmission (PHIRST); Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH communities (HAALSI), Africa Wits-INDEPTH Partnership for the GENomic study of body composition and CMD risk (AWI-Gen), Testing Innovation (TI). The electronic systems that were adopted for the past projects include ODK, GeoODK and Redcap mobile apps.
This year (2017), Agincourt HDSS is adopting OpenHDS app, which is an android based system that is suitable for HDSS data collection. Specifically, the OpenHDS app is tailored towards the second version of the Household Registration System (HRS-2). You can click here to learn more about the HRS-2. The traditional Agincourt database system is based on reference data model, a relational database design, which is a bit different from HRS-2. Hence, there is the need to tweak OpenHDS requires in order to make it compatible with the Agincourt HDSS system. The group pictures on this webpage capture one of the OpenHDS tweaking sessions of the Agincourt data team.
OpenHDS was built using java programming language. The system comprises two aspects namely server side and mobile device (tablet) side. To set it up on the server, the followings programs are required namely: MySQL, Mirth Connect, Apache-Tomcat, ODK Aggregate, MySQL Workbench or PhPMyAdmin. On the mobile device, the ODK app is required in addition to the mobile device.
We acknowledge the developers of OpenHDS namely at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute namely: Bruce MacLeod, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Rajib Mitra, Nicolas Maire You can click here to learn more about OpenHDS.