Sangath has pioneered the use of handheld computers for field data collection. Field researchers use palm handheld devices to collect data which generates a spreadsheet ready to be imported into the commonly used analysis software.
This mobile technology has improved the efficiency of field data collection by saving on data entry time and reducing data collection and entry errors. Smita Naik was invited by the Society of Applied Studies, New Delhi, to assist them in testing the feasibility of using Palm tops in a multicenter study coordinated by the World Health Organization.
We have recently developed an online clinical record software, which allows clinicians to enter key information about patients. The software will also allow any Sangath clinician to access clinical records from any location through the internet and to permit our clinical team to carry out audits of our clinical work on a regular basis with just a click of the mouse.
The IT infrastructure at Sangath is simple, smart and secure. It consists of a primary server which manages all the client computers and network peripherals.
Anyone trying to access resources from the server must be authenticated by the active directory before access is allowed. A backup procedure is followed by running a scheduled backing up every day.
The Sangath network is located at the Porvorim centre and one at the Raia centre. Sangath has over 50 network points installed and approximately 65 network users. Both our offices have broadband internet connection.