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

Really a good effort. Wish you good luck in all future endeavors.

~benzeer

This is a very good effort.
Directorate of health services developed a package for disease surveillance
5 years back and provided computers in all districts.
Post card system was used to report cases. Later GOI has implemented ISD project. All these didn’t come into succes due to lack of co-operation from all sides.
Since this is internet based it will help to some extend. Only thing to have awareness among all concerned.
Even if some duplication it doesn’t matter much in the begining and can get corrected with other details of addres.
Integrating with other surveillance programs and packages in later can also thinkof.
My Hearty congradulations to each and every body who worked for this type of software.
With Regards.
Dr.Arjunan
Rtd.Addl.D.H.S

congrats. Very good efforts taken by you.
development of a GIS is Need of the hour to identify control disease out breaks,predicting.
Is there any mechanism to prevent duplication of data?
Dr jayakrishnan.T
Assistantt Professor
Dept Community medicine
Calicut medical college.

Prevention of data duplication is a challenge under any circumstance. The only requirement to be met to prevent it is to be able to identify each data item by a unique key. In India we don’t have a unique number or ID assigned to each and every citizen of the country like they have in the United States (Social Security Number). Our PAN number is a small step towards that but it might take a very long time for 100% penetration. The alternative would be to use different set of unique numbers like Ration card, license, PAN like we have with our railway ticket booking. For example a patient data can be registered with his ration card number and prevented from being registered again with the same ration card number. However the data could go in with his license number.

Dear Friends,
Firstly let me congratulate you for the wonderful initiative, it's quite userfriedly, simple and elegant. With a little modification it could be used for IDSP(Integrated Disease Surveillance Program- a National Health Programe) surveillance. We need to incorporate one more data element to choose between three options (1.suspected, 2.probable(clinical) and 3.confirmed(laboratory confirmed). I hope Dr Ipe Joseph could put in more inputs in this line.
I see a chance for future collaboration with DHIS 2, (also a FOSS) which has been successfully implemented in South Africa, and is being partially implemented in countries like Vietnam, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tansania etc. Currently DHIS2 is being piloted in a few Indian states including Kerala. In the second phase of its piloting in Kerala, it is being tried out in all PHCs (around 85) and CHCs(19) in Trivandrum district and is getting support from NRHM initiative. You could freely download the program and get more details from http://www.hispindia.org And a online demo is available at www.hisp.info:8090/ (username guest, password guest). I am closely associated with this HISP initiative and would like to know more about you and the team. There could be many more avenues for us to work together.
thanking you
Dr Biju Soman
Asst. Professor, AMCHSS
SCTIMST, Trivandrum-11
ph +47 9 448 5582

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