"@Mathias: The pieces are coming togather thanks to your info. I may pursue the keyword option. Looks like it would be helpful to limit the clicks for those in the field trying to collect and submit data quickly and effectively."
"Thanks for that information. I will definitely checkout stockout.org as I anticipate to collect a bunch of data too. Best of luck with the data collection. I will keep you posted.
I just replied to your reply in the forum.
I am based in China, I haven't implemented FSMS myself yet (I just have the system installed locally). I'm currently focussing on an Android port of the desktop application, which…"
"Given your application - you should look at http://stopstockouts.org/ as a successful example that doesn't require a lot of expenses, because its usage (a behavior) is triggered by immediate feedback loops.
As for FLSMS in Kenya - I…"
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"
It's nice to meet someone who's actually using it in Kenya. I live in the US with my family. This is still experimental for me. I'm working on a study to increase vaccine uptake and the tools offered by FLSMS seem…"
Nice to meet you. Glad you are a techie. I need all the techie help I can get. I'm looking to implement FLSMS in Kenya soon in the area of mass drug administration. Doing lots of ground work right now. Have you…"
"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…"
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Given your application - you should look at http://stopstockouts.org/ as a successful example that doesn't require a lot of expenses, because its usage (a behavior) is triggered by immediate feedback loops.
As for FLSMS in Kenya - I haven't used it yet. The input data has taken 4 months to get started :( and I might use clickatell if FLSMS (the cheaper option) doesn't work. I like Clickatell's ability to accept a bunch of pre-written and pre-addressed messages as a single CSV file.