Zyxware Releases Free and Open Source Software to track epidemics like Chikungunya, Malaria, Dengue

October 04, 2007 - 10:30
A new software developed by Zyxware Technologies all about to revolutionize the way information is collected and processed in tracking diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria. The software, is being dedicated to the nation as Free Software under the GNU General Public License (GPL) on 5th October 2007. The first copy of the software will be handed over to the Hon'ble Minister for Health Smt. P. K. Sreemathi Teacher in a function to be held at the minister's office.

The software is web based and allows Hospitals to report cases of diseases as soon as the case is registered at the hospital. The software seamlessly integrates with the existing manual process by allowing hospitals that does not have any web access to send paper based reports to data entry operators who can enter them into the system or send soft copies of the reports that can be imported automatically. The system allows secure login with role based privileges for different roles like Government Medical Official, Hospital Staff, Data Access Operators and System Administrator.

The GIS interface uses Google maps to present the data on a real time basis on a map of the state. Cases of diseases are represented by markers on the map and easy visual analysis of the pattern and extent of spread of diseases is possible. The GIS and reporting interface processes the cases registered and presents reports that can be used by the Health Department to monitor the situation on a real time basis and take precautionary measures if required. Such a system will help in preventing occurrences of disease outbreaks of the scale experienced by the State of Kerala in the last couple of years.

It is for the first time that such a software is being developed and released as free and open source software. One of the objectives in releasing the software as Free and Open Source Software is to promote the fact that it is possible to

  • Develop state of the art software at very low costs and a developing country like India does not have to languish behind other IT leaders in any areas and
  • To inspire youngsters to take bold steps in trying out their ideas and following their dreams instead of orthodox careers.

Accessing the Demo

A demo of the application has been set up at Health Monitoring System. The application has two modules - GIS/Report Interface and Management Console. The GIS interface displays reports and graphs of the collected data. Data collection and statistical analysis are/can be done in the Management Console. You can access the two modules at

Health Monitor GIS/Reporting Interface
Health Monitoring System Management Console

The Management Console provides access to 3 different types of users
1) System Administrator
username: admin
password: zyxware
2) Hospital User
username: hospital
password: zyxware
3) Government Medical Officer
username: gmouser
password: zyxware
4) Data Access Operator
username: daouser
password: zyxware

The source code for the application will be uploaded to sourceforge soon. Till then you can request a free copy of the software by sending us a request using the Contact Us page

Why are we giving this software for FREE
  • To promote the fact that it is possible to develop state of the art software at very low costs and a developing country like India does not have to languish behind other IT leaders in any areas
  • Open Source is the way to go for a developing country like India. Low costs, no forex outflow through purchase of expensive software. Cost will never be a hurdle in any of our IT projects if we depend on Open Source Technologies and Open Source Solutions
  • It is possible to get private companies to undertake Open Source projects without the government having to pay exorbitant prices or compromising on quality.
  • To inspire youngsters to take bold steps in trying out their ideas and following their dreams instead of orthodox careers.
  • Challenge to todays youth – Taking risks to achieve much more than a labor selling proposition offered by todays IT service export business. American IT industry grew because of the risk taking attitude of the Americans. There is nothing that is going to stop from become as good or better than America in IT.
  • IT is not just selling labour to the International market. It should also mean creation of innovative solutions and products that can address our local needs.

Post your comments / questions

I express my appreciation for exceptional work done by you and your team. The objectives in releasing the software as Free and Open Source Software will definitely be an inspiration to millions of Youth who aspire to see our Great India a developed country by 2020. I hope this will inspire youngsters to take bold steps in trying out their ideas and contributing it to our country, however small their contributions may be.

I send my warm regards and wish you continued success.
Subhash Krishanamoorthy

My Hearty congrats to zyxware team!!!!
Hope this software will go a long way in tackling epidemics like chikungunya. It will be a boon to milliions of people like me who are suffering from chikungunya. The main hurdle at the clinical level for epidemics like chikungunya is that no medicines have been identified for treating this disease. Doctors just prescribe pain killers and paracetamol.
The need of the hour is a sincere effort at the govt level to do extensive research for the roots of this disease , develop preventives and prevent such outbreaks in future. Such efforts aided with a GIS software like zyxwares’s will go a long way in eradicating these epidemics.

Kudos. I appreciate the effort and contribution from the Zyxware Technologies Team. I hope it would be possible to import the data (both demographic & clinical) collected through Electronic Medical Records (EMR’s) and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) database into the above mentioned modules (Health Monitoring System Management Console and Health Monitor GIS/Reporting Interface application), to generate disease patterns/trends, analyse reasons for occurrance, predict possiblity for future outbreaks for prevention etc.

Such a feature/effort could help acheive better results in public health administration in India and other developing countries.

Best Wishes
Jai

Sri Sathya Sai Information Technology Centre
Prasanthi Nilayam

Please announce the URL from which this Open Source software can be downloaded.

A very good effort and well organized GIS Information using the OGC to be studied for all cost effective projects

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