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Comment by Mathias Conradt on May 10, 2011 at 12:47am
@Ruth: I see that in FSMS you can also configure the database settings. So instead of a local database, you could place i.e. a mysql database on a remote server and connect to there. So anybody using the FSMS client would need to set the settings to this database and shared access should work, I assume. It just requires that you can assure that the main computer you run FSMS on always has an internet connection available, which is maybe not always the case in Kenya I guess.
Comment by Mathias Conradt on May 7, 2011 at 7:36am

Hi Ruth, I assume the different team members are not at the same location (IT network) and therefore won't have easily access to this one excel sheet (be it read-only only), nor would you probably have any sophisticated IT environment, like a VPN. Therefore, one way is to use online forms/spreadsheet where the collected data is being sent to. There was one comment by Ray Brunsting at (search for "Google Docs") who used Google Forms. This thread is already 2 years old. 


Within FrontlineSMS you can define keyword actions (see the "Keywords" Tab in FSMS), which can execute certain commands or send the message content to any website (i.e. Google Form or spreadsheet) upon any incoming message containing a certain keyword.


One relevant thread my also be this one:

" How can I publish a form yet keep the spreadsheet secure?"

Comment by Ruth Mwangi-Mdodo on May 6, 2011 at 4:53pm

Hi Mathias,

I'm in the planning stage and trying to figure out the best way to handle the data once I collect it. It would reside on a local pc on Excel or Access. How can I provide visibility to the data for different team members? Ruth

Comment by Mathias Conradt on May 6, 2011 at 12:29pm
Hi Ruth, what kind of database is that where your patient information is stored? And where does that system reside? On a local PC or on a secured web server?
Comment by Ruth Mwangi-Mdodo on May 6, 2011 at 11:59am
Hello all, I'm working on a mass drug administration project for rural Kenya and think that this can be a great tool for keeping up with patient information and getting feedback from clinicians and patients. I have two questions though. If the clinicians send patient data by SMS, is there a way to route that feedback directly to a patient chart/form? Is there a way for all clinicians to log into our database to pull and view/edit  patient information or would we need to download the information on each clinician's device?. Any advice for how a team would be able to share the data from different locations? I am very new to this and not very techy:). All advise is very much appreciated.
Comment by Peter Durkson on May 5, 2011 at 11:02am


Greetings from St George in Southern Utah USA!

We've set up ( under construction ) to design, develop and globally distribute mobile health and wellness apps for smartphnes and tablets like the iPad.

We're looking for reps in diverse countries to help us identify high priority health issues which we can address with our apps.


If interested, please contact me directly at


Thank you,



Comment by Peter Durkson on February 28, 2011 at 6:32pm
Is anybody working in Nepal?   I'm interested in developing some health-related mobile apps for a social gerontologist there.
Comment by Anthony Papillion on August 22, 2010 at 6:49am
Currently working on implementing patient scheduling into OpenEMR using FrontlineSMS. Easy as pie and makes my job a LOT easier!
Comment by Rev. James Barry on August 20, 2010 at 11:54am
Hi Friends - we support orphans in a remote area of western kenya - Frontline sms was recommended to me as a possible way to keep in touch with our community health worker [CHW] in kenya, and our team members there. I think this will work for us, but I am just starting to familiarize myself with how the platform works, and how others are using it in africa and asia.
Any suggestions would be appreciated as I begin what I hope will be a fruitful association with Frontline SMS.
Comment by Peter Burgess on March 17, 2010 at 11:08am
Dear Colleagues
Sorry I did not see the Nick Henwood comment until now. Has there been any substantial change since November ... countries? methods?

I am interested in using FrontlineSMS both for the general socio-economic development matters, and in health mainly for community level health indicators especially related to aids and malaria.

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