FrontlineSMS:Medic launches

Over the past few weeks, a team has formed around FrontlineSMS in healthcare – FrontlineSMS:Medic. From our website:

FrontlineSMS:Medic is a team committed to supporting community health workers (CHWs) in the developing world using appropriate mobile technology. After almost a year of working with FrontlineSMS in Malawi, we are launching FrontlineSMS:Medic to extend the capabilities of this software and bring it to health centers across several continents.


The group will have a multi-pronged focus: (1) Rolling out the current FrontlineSMS build and supporting global partners as they implement SMS programs, and (2) Taking a modular approach to the creation of innovative mobile technologies, furthering the impact of FrontlineSMS in rural healthcare settings, and (3) using prospective studies and RCTs to assess the impact of FrontlineSMS:Medic.

Planned additions to FrontlineSMS’s functionality include (a) best practices for using the upcoming forms client within FrontlineSMS, (b) a patch with OpenMRS, allowing CHWs in the field to remotely update and retrieve electronic patient data via SMS, and (c) interfacing FrontlineMMS with SMS/MMS mediated medical diagnostic currently being developed at UCLA.

Please point your browser to, read through our extended mission statement, shoot us an email, and get involved.

Posted: February 23rd, 2009
Categories: Other posts
Comments: 3 Comments.

[...] announces a new project in Malawi, FrontlineSMS:Medic, “After almost a year of working with FrontlineSMS in Malawi, we are launching [...]

Comment from Jessica@GlobalHealthProgress - March 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Thank you for sharing this innovative and exciting program! Do you have any other details? How does it work? Are messages being broadcast to patient populations? What information are you sharing?

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