Frequent Asked Questions
Some facts about important global health issues
Savics helps the community eradicate the most deadly epidemics by collecting test results and generating valuable insights from those results. Currently, we are acting against tuberculosis, and we plan to focus on other critical epidemics.
The Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic
- TB is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and the first leading cause of death from a single infectious agent.
- 10,4 million people worldwide fell ill with TB in 2016.
- 1,67 million people died from TB in 2016.
- 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- Drug-resistant TB (RRTB) does not respond to most effective first line treatment drug, rifampicin. Around 600.000 people developed RRTB in 2016, and 490.000 of those cases had multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
- Treatment of TB is difficult, time consuming, and costly.
- The number of notified TB cases has been increasing since 2013.
The HIV epidemic
- HIV is the second most deadly infectious disease.
- 1,8 million new cases were reported in 2016, with a total of 36,7 million people living with HIV worldwide.
- In 2016, there were 1 million HIV-related deaths globally.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the most severely affected with about 70% of the global burden.
- Less than 50% of all cases have an access to anti-retrovirals (ARVs).
- One estimate states that only 54% of the people living with HIV know they are infected.
- The number of new infections has decreased of 35% since 2000.
The Malaria epidemic
- Malaria is the third most deadly infectious disease.
- In 2016, nearly half the world was at risk for malaria.
- 212 million cases were reported in 2015.
- 429.000 people died from malaria in 2015.
- 92% of cases and deaths occurred in the African region.
Hepatitis (HVC) is also on our radar. We will tackle it soon too.
DataToCare is a software which improve connectivity and data management in the health care sector.
Currently, DataToCare has two sides:
- DataToCare desktop: It can be installed in all laboratories or healthcare centers where diagnostics are performed. It connects laboratories, collects medical data and sends it by SMS technology or through internet to the national server.
- DataToCare server: It is a platform accessible via any e-devices with internet access. The platform analyzes the data located on your server and provides you with simple visualization of your data using graphs, maps, reports and notifications to help you in your day-to-day and long term decision-making processes.
DataToCare Capture currently collects data from tuberculosis and HIV diagnostic tests.
In 2018, the software shall collect malaria and hepatitis test results.
DataToCare currently collects data automatically from GeneXpert machines and manually from solid and liquid (MGIT) cultures as well as from line probe assays.
Yes. DataToCare desktop doesn't require an internet access to collect test results and send them to the server. There is an in-built option to transfer the collected data thanks to the SMS technology.
DataToCare server requires internet access to work properly.
Your country will always remain the owner of the collected data. Savics will never use nor read your data except if requested by you.
All legal terms about data ownership and management can be red in our legal page on our website. Check the legal link at the bottom of each page of our website to get more details on this.
Savics provides you with automated reports with all your collected results for a given period of time, covering a specific region. You customize the periodicity (monthly, quarterly, annually) and the region focused (local, regional, national). The reports are generated in a .xlsx (Microsoft Excel) format file.
DataToCare has to be requested to our team. Contact us to submit your request.
DataToCare desktop is written in Java and works on a PC (Windows or Linux) or Mac (macOS). The database is currently in Couchbase.
Yes, of course. In today's world of portable devices, this is a must. DataToCare has a responsive design. The DataToCare views will adapt themselves automatically to the mobile device screen size you are using.
If you encounter design issues, this might be due to the fact that your browser doesn't support HTML5/CSS3. To overcome this problem, we suggest you to use Google Chrome as default browser when you work with DataToCare.
We have heard about this issue with some Samsung tablets.
The connectivity means to connect all health center to each other through a software in order to collect information in a standard format and store them in centralized database. Once gathered and screened, those data could be analyzed and will provide insights allowing health care improvement and acceleration to eradicate the most critical epidemics.
Data collection means that we connect medical diagnostic devices to the software DataToCare Biopics which collects each complete tests results in real time and send it to a database through SMS technology, allowing to collect data even in remote areas without internet access.
Savics help you to install a server in the location of your choice in your country. This server will host the database used to store all the information send from your remote laboratories. The information will be encrypted prior being sent and stored on the server, in a secured way in a standardized format compatible with HL7 norms and compliant with DHIS2.
You always remain the owner of the data and Savics won't use nor access your data.
DataToCare server provides you with lists, graphs and maps filled in with your data set. It will help you to better visualize the epidemic trends, a labs deficiency or an operational anomaly. Those insights will help you to take better and faster decisions.
Have a look at our demo to get a sense of all what you can see.
Week 1. We discuss through Skype with all stakeholders to ensure alignments among the parties.
Week 4. We make a one week country visit to discuss the software customization needs (data capture, reports and database connectivity) and to perform IT tests.
Week 8. We make a two weeks country visits with two IT specialists to install the server (DataToCare Analytics) and as many clients (DataToCare Biopics) as possible (usually between 10 and 15 machines). At the same time we provide a training to your IT and lab technicians.
Week 12 or more if required. The remaining machines are installed through the country and a training is given to all software users.
Variation to the provided timeline can occur pending on the field realities, specific country requirements and the country geography and travel conditions.
- We install a server in a laboratory of your choice and you get an access to DataToCare server
- DataToCare desktop is installed by the Savics team on GeneXpert machines in the laboratories through the country. (Lab-side).
- Training for the software installation and usage is provided by the Savics team to power users.
- We provide you with remote hotline customer support.
DataToCare currently collects data from tuberculosis and HIV diagnostic tests. In 2018, the software will collect malaria and hepatitis test results.
You can install DataToCare Biopics and Analytics by yourself. By following the installation guides, you will be able to connect your laboratories.
There is though a caveat to such a Do It Yourself installation: the software won't be customized to your needs. The data capture wont fit your paper test requests; the maps for your country won't be available for spatial analysis and you won't be able to connect the data to already existing databases. We can help you to secure a minimalist customization when required.
To run DataToCare desktop in your laboratory, you need a computer with minimum:
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
- 512 MB RAM
- At least 350 Mo hard drive space for a by default installation
- A 1024x768 resolution or higher with at least 256 colors
- a USB modem (if you want to send SMS)
DataToCare server needs a computer running 24/7 with minimum:
- Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 or a Linux Server
- 16 GB RAM
- At least 100 GB disk
- 8 CPU cores
- a USB modem (if you want to receive/send SMS)
DataToCare has to be requested to our team. Contact us to submit your request.
Medical tests results are transferred via SMS to the server if your laboratory doesn't have internet access or through internet if you have. Every time a test results is made available, it is sent to the server. You also have the option to send it to the test prescriber and to the patient.
In respect with the data privacy laws, all data are encrypted prior being sent to the server.
One medical test result necessitates maximum 3 SMS to be sent to the server + 1 SMS to the prescriber (optional) + 1 to the patient (optional). The maximal transfer cost per test result is the cost of 5 SMS.
Information on other tools
DHIS2 is a web-based open-source information system with visualization features, including GIS, charts and pivot tables.
DHIS 2 is the preferred health management information system in 30 countries, mainly on the African continent and in India, and within more organizations across four continents. DHIS 2 helps governments in developing countries and health organizations to manage their operations more effectively, to monitor processes and to improve communication.
Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related norms or standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services.
Those norms are supported by more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms.
OpenMRS is an application which allows to create a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge (although medical and systems analysis knowledge is required).
It is a common framework upon which medical informatics efforts in developing countries can be built. It is widely used in hospital setups.
The GeneXpert MTB-RIF is a diagnostic tool and, more precisely, a cartridge based nucleic acid amplification test that can identify among other the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) DNA and resistance to rifampicin (RIF) (tuberculosis antibiotic).
In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed the Xpert MTB/RIF for use in TB endemic countries. Results are obtained from unprocessed sputum samples in 90 minutes
For more information on the GeneXpert and the MTB/RIF assays:
- AM: Amikacin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- C2/3/4/…: 2sd Control, 3th Control, …
- CDT: Center for Diagnosis and treatment
- CM: Capreomycin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- CSF: CerebroSpinal Fluid
- CT: Center for Treatment
- CXR: Chest X-Ray
- DST 1st line: Drug Susceptibility Testing for first line antituberculosis
- DST 2sd line: Drug Susceptibility Testing for second line
- DTC: DataToCare
- E: Ethambutol is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- EP: Extrapulmonary
- H: Isoniazid is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- HA: Health agent
- HCW: HealthCare Warehouse
- HF: HealthCare Facility
- HRDP: Human Resource Development Plan
- Km: Kanamycin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- LBA: Bronchoalveolar lavage
- M & E: Monitoring and Evaluation
- MGIT: Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube is intented for the detection and recovery of mycobacteria.
- MOH: Ministry of Health
- MTB/RIF: Mycobacterium tuberculosis / rifamplicine ( anti-tuberculosis antibiotic)
- MTB+RIF+: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis positive Rifamplicine
- MTB+RIF-: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis positive Rifamplicine Resistance not detected
- MTB-RIF-: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis positive
Rifamplicine Resistance not detected
- NSP: National Strategic Plan
- NTP: National Tuberculosis Program
- NTPM: Negative Tuberculosis Pulmonary Microscopy
- Ofx: Ofloxacin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- P: Pulmonary
- R: Rifampicin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- S: Streptomycin is an antituberculosis antibiotic
- SM: Smear Microscopy
- TBMR: Tuberculosis Multi-Resistant
- TEP: Tuberculosis Extra-Pulmonary
- TPM: Tuberculosis Pulmonary Microscopy positive