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International Quality Short Message Services (IQSMS)

International Quality Short Message Services (IQSMS) is a software application that uses mobile phone SMS to report data to a centralized computer server. No special software is required for user's handsets and any handset can be used. The IQSMS software application is very flexible and can handle multiple reports with any number of reporting elements. The IQSMS solution bridges large geographic distances as well as data transfer incompatibilities between partners, NGOs, Ministries of Health and other stakeholders. The solution leverages the prolific ownership of mobile phones for the benefit of the community. Futures supports 535 Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) facilities in Tanga, Mara, Mwanza and Manyara region in Tanzania to collect data about mothers and babies, IQSMS has significantly improved reporting compliance, data accuracy as well as reduced investment in data collection labor, transportation and information storage.

(from IQSMS webpage)

Key Features: 
Configure report data aggregated at the district level by selecting districts and regions; Report provided enumerating site submissions by sites in a quarter; Information export to Excel; Send and receive SMSs; Registered phone numbers allowed to send
Suitable for: 
Structured information gathering via SMS for complex analysis; robust library of patient management and monitoring systems and tools developed specifically for HIV programs in low resource settings
Time commitment: 
Medium
Not suitable for: 
Unstructured data
Technical expertise needed: 
Medium
Cost: 
$
Cost considerations: 
Cost of the system unknown.