CommCare for TB Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

While tuberculosis (TB) incidence has decreased worldwide, developing countries still bear the greatest burden of TB, with 95% of TB deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2014). At the same time, multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB rates continue to rise. Programs such as DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy Support) assist countries in treating TB, however, ongoing supervision and support can be difficult to provide, resulting in limited success of otherwise effective programs.

Mobile technology can help build TB treatment capacity. Limited health care personnel, insufficient training, and counterfeit medicines are significant contributors to the TB epidemic, all of which can be improved with mobile technology. CommCare, in addition to CommCare Supply features and SMS tools for patient engagement, can be used together or separately to support TB programs.

TB Programs and Clinics

TB programs and clinics have limited trained personnel to register and follow up with TB patients and provide treatment.

  • Collect patient information to create real-time TB and MDR-TB profiles of specific areas
  • Integrated system allows lab results to be easily shared between clinics in different communities
  • Automatically alerts district health center of new cases and others that miss subsequent visits
  • Basic web reporting detailing system utilization facilitates data management
  • Automatic patient appointment reminders can be configured to reduce staff time contacting patients
  • GPS integration creates data for a map visualization of MDR-TB spatial spread and progression
  • Interactive voice response (IVR) triages cases, reducing burden on clinic staff

Health Workers

Patients are lost to follow-up due to lack of communication and sharing of records.

  • Mobile applications improve health worker monitoring and adherence to TB protocols
  • Escalation workflows support health workers by automatically sending SMS messages to possible TB-positive cases that miss scheduled clinic visits
  • Online reports show aggregated patient load summaries for each health worker, enabling cases to be better managed and distributed
  • Geo-tagging of MDR-TB cases allows health workers to identify and track possible TB cases
  • Application can be translated into different languages to enable use across language barriers

TB Patients

Patients are lost to follow up or do not adhere to medication regimens.

  • Integrated system enables follow-up between health workers and clinics, preventing patients from falling out of the system
  • Two-way SMS interactions empower patients to report medication schedule
  • Interactive voice response increases TB patient access to professional health care
  • In targeted exposed areas, SMS outreach encourages patients to present to health facility for clinical review in early stages of disease, improving patient outcomes and reducing hospitalizations


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