Technology

Platform

Technology platform overview

To enable the collection of high-quality epidemiological data in this large-scale study, a fit-for-purpose digital platform was designed, addressing the specific in-field requirements across multiple countries and settings. Key features of the platform to support use in field settings include:

  • Data collection without an internet connection
  • Modular station-based screening for optimal participant flow
  • Ability for platform to operate without electricity for several hours
  • Connection of screening equipment to an onsite server for automated data transfer from a variety of 3rd party devices
  • Purpose-built tablet application with guided data collection flows and use of barcode scanning for participant verification
  • Integration of connected screening devices to allow high-quality data capture with minimal operator input
  • Use of modern screening devices that enable tests not typically performed in field settings
  • Integration of risk assessment algorithms to provide same-day health assessment reports for participants

An iterative design and development process applying Human-Centred design principles was used to ensure platform satisfied requirements. Design research exercises were performed to understand the users and contexts across the settings. This was followed by a prototype testing of prototype platform components (software and hardware) with actual users and finally, development sprints to build the platform according to insights gained. This iterative loop was repeated several times until the complete platform was ready for field deployment.

Technology development team

The GHRU South Asia platform was designed and built by a multi-national team of developers with strong experience in the development of digital health technology solutions. Development teams based in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were engaged to build the platform, led centrally by Ian Goon, in collaboration with Professor Chambers. Development teams based in South Asia ensured an understanding of the local context in which the platform is deployed.

Technology development team

The GHRU South Asia platform was designed and built by a multi-national team of developers with strong experience in the development of digital health technology solutions. Development teams based in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were engaged to build the platform, led centrally by Ian Goon, in collaboration with Professor Chambers. Development teams based in South Asia ensured an understanding of the local context in which the platform is deployed.

Ian Goon