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

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.

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