Using ODK to Enroll Patients for Primary Health Care in India

IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH [1]) is an NGO
building solutions for the provisioning of primary health-care in
India. With partner, Sughavazhvu, ICTPH implemented its work in three
pilots that have been set up in Thanjavur district in rural Tamil

In the pilots, ICTPH used ODK Build, Collect and Aggregate. Data was
streamed from Aggregate to Google Fusion Tables and then to their
health information management system.

Deepak Rajanna writes on the ICT4CHW [2] mailing list, “The entire
enrolment[sic] exercise was completed in under 15 days with fairly
good quality, capturing information on about 3000 households
consisting of nearly 12500 individuals. This experienc[sic] proved to
be repeatable when we replicated this activity at another pilot,
Alakudi, in less than 10 days, at nearly half the cost (Rs. 10 per
household enrolled in Alakudi, as opposed to Rs.20 at Andipatti). The
data collected from the exercise was fed into the HMIS before the RMHC
operations began and the usage of ID cards immediately proved an
improvement over the earlier method of identification which was based
on name search. The systematic enrolment[sic] process also served as a
good marketing exercise since it reached every household in the

The entire process has been documented in incredible detail in their
Deploying a Mobile Phone-based Data Collection Tool in Rural Tamil
Nadu report [3].