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Community Based Self-Administered Syndromic Surveillance Mobile Application – A Strategic Approach to Monitor COVID Situation at Micro Level

Narayan KA, M Siva Durga Prasad Nayak.


Abstract

"Introduction: Web based surveys avoid direct contact of health care workers to collect information and protect them from harmful exposure to the infectious diseases. They have already been used for influenza in different countries. Success of any health program depends upon the community participation, in a simi-lar way participatory surveillance activity will help healthcare admin-istrators work in early detection of cases and initiation of early treat-ment.
Methodology: Glide apps is a free platform to create mobile applica-tions using Google spreadsheets. Creation and sharing of mobile app in Glide apps platform is hassle-free work and needs only a Gmail ac-count. Based on this background, a mobile application was developed using Glide apps platform to collect information at micro level, about development of COVID symptoms in the public.
Results: The article discussed about need of community participation in the surveillance program and de-velopment of web based self-administered surveillance tools. Steps in creation of the mobile ap-plication were explained in detail and features of the surveillance tool were also depicted with images.
Conclusion: The advantages of par-ticipatory surveillance system over traditional surveillance practice were mentioned. Traditional sur-veillance system collects infor-mation through health care work-ers, whereas in participatory sur-veillance program information will come from the public. Strengths and limitations of the surveillance tool were discussed and scope for fur-ther development of the mobile ap-plication was also mentioned in the current review article."

Key words: Community participation, COVID-19, Mobile application, Surveillance systems, Syndromic surveillance






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