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Androids in Africa Nick Short and Andrew Hagner RVC Niall Winters IoE 9th October 2009
 
The Undergraduate Research Team <ul><ul><li>RVC has sent teams out for last 45 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research p...
 
Use of Phones <ul><ul><li>Collecting physical exam data in field using Google ’ s Open Data Kit (ODK) </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Parameters recorded <ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Breed  </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Diarrhoea </li></ul><u...
 
Advantages <ul><ul><li>Quick Upload of data to Excel via XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paperless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Constraints <ul><ul><li>-Slow GPS Function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Cannot change forms easily in field </li></ul></ul>...
The Phone/Platform for us? <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Open source! </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Gai...
The Data Collection system for us? <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Open source! </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving thanks to a dedi...
What Local Vets Value in Device   <ul><li>Educational Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resource </li></ul><ul><li>Ability t...
Thank you! <ul><ul><li>Nick Short-  [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Andrew Hagner -  [email_address] </li></ul>...
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Androids in Africa

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Using mobile phones to improve veterinary practice in Zanzibar. Presentation delivered by Andrew Hagner and Nick Short, of the Royal Veterinary College, at the London International Development Centre on 9 October 2009.

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Androids in Africa

  1. 1. Androids in Africa Nick Short and Andrew Hagner RVC Niall Winters IoE 9th October 2009
  2. 3. The Undergraduate Research Team <ul><ul><li>RVC has sent teams out for last 45 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research projects aimed at helping farmers in developing countries by researching animal health problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current team 9 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project on East Coast Fever in cattle to help design vaccine protocol </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. Use of Phones <ul><ul><li>Collecting physical exam data in field using Google ’ s Open Data Kit (ODK) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording sampling locations using Twidroid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicating with team members and RVC experts via Twitter, email, and Google Chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updating team blog using blogger </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. Parameters recorded <ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Breed </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Diarrhoea </li></ul><ul><li>Temperature </li></ul><ul><li>Respiratory Rate </li></ul><ul><li>Mucous membrane colour </li></ul><ul><li>Lymphadenopathy </li></ul><ul><li>Number of ticks </li></ul><ul><li>Nasal Discharge </li></ul><ul><li>Body Condition Score </li></ul>
  5. 8. Advantages <ul><ul><li>Quick Upload of data to Excel via XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paperless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to communicate with whole team at once via Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to receive input from world experts remotely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could keep in contact with family, fellow students, and donors while in field </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. Constraints <ul><ul><li>-Slow GPS Function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Cannot change forms easily in field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Questions linear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Expense of devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-No picture function in ODK </li></ul></ul>
  7. 10. The Phone/Platform for us? <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Open source! </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Google apps </li></ul><ul><li>Keypad </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Touch Screen (HTC) </li></ul><ul><li>GPS Function </li></ul><ul><li>Office Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Current Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot Label Pictures </li></ul>
  8. 11. The Data Collection system for us? <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Open source! </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving thanks to a dedicated team </li></ul><ul><li>Richer data than SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Independence from netbook </li></ul><ul><li>XML output </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot change in field </li></ul><ul><li>Need for technical support </li></ul><ul><li>Linear collection </li></ul><ul><li>Touch screen requisite </li></ul><ul><li>GPS function </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Function </li></ul>
  9. 12. What Local Vets Value in Device <ul><li>Educational Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resource </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to record production data </li></ul><ul><li>Management tool </li></ul><ul><li>Ruggedness/durability </li></ul>
  10. 13. Thank you! <ul><ul><li>Nick Short- [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Andrew Hagner - [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Niall Winters- [email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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