Frequent Asked Questions
Some facts about important global health issues
Savics helps the community to eradicate the main killer epidemics by collecting test results and generate valuable insights from it. Currently acting against tuberculosis we plan to focus on other critical epidemics.
The tuberculosis (TB) epidemic
- TB remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2015.
- 10.4 million people worldwide fell ill with TB in 2015
- 1.4 million people died from TB in 2015
- 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
- Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) does not respond to standard treatments. Around 500,000 people developed MDR-TB and 100.000 are RR-TB (resistance to rifamplicine).
- Difficult and costly to treat
- Notified TB cases increase since 2013
- VIH is the second killer infectious disease
- 2,1 million new cases were reported in 2015 leading to a total of 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide
- In 2015, 1,1 million people died from HIV globally
- Around 70% of the cases are in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Not even 50% of the cases have an access to treatments
- One estimates that only 54% of the people infected know about their infection
- The number of new infections has decreased of 35% since 2000
The Malaria epidemic
- Malaria is the 3rd killer infectious disease
- 214 million case were reported in 2015
- 438.000 people died from malaria in 2015
- 85-90% of cases and deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Notified malaria cases decrease since 2000
Hepatitis (HVC) is also on our radar screen. Soon or later we will tackle it too.
DataToCare is a suite of various software tools which all improve connectivity and data management in the health care sector.
Currently, DataToCare has two branches:
- DataToCare Capture . 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 a national server.
- DataToCare Analytics . 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 diagnostic tests.
In 2017, the software shall collect malaria, hepatitis and HIV test results.
DataToCare Capture currently collects data automatically from GeneXpert MTB/RIF devices and manually from solid and liquid (MGIT) cultures as well as from line probe assays.
Yes. DataToCare Capture 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 Analytics requires internet access to work properly.
Your country will always remain the owner of the collected data. Savic's 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 (mensually, quaterly, annually) and the region focused (local, regional, national). The reports are generated in a .xlsx (Microsoft Excel) format file.
DataToCare Capture has to be requested to our team. Contact us to submit your request.
DataToCare Capture is written in Java and works on a PC (Windows) 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 Capture and DataToCare Analytics 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 Analytics 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 Analytics (server side).
- DataToCare Biopics is installed by the Savics team on GeneXpert devices 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 Biopics currently collects data from tuberculosis diagnostic tests. In 2017, the software will collect malaria, hepatitis and HIV 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 Biopics in your laboratory, you need a USB modem (USB dongle Huawei E169, if you want to send a SMS), a computer with 1GB memory space. The computer operating system can be either Windows XP or any later versions, or Mac OS X or a Linux.
DataToCare Analytics needs a fix IP adress, a computer running 24/7, 2 GB memory capacity and a multi-core processor.
DataToCare Biopics is available for free in the section "DOWNLOAD" of the DataToCare Biopics page.
DataToCare Biopics is written in Java and works on a PC (Windows) or Mac (OS X). The database is currently in MySQL. As of January 2017, the database will be a SQLite.
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
DHIS 2 is a flexible, 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