Delivering informatics for clinical research in developing countries
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Published: 31 July 2012
Not all diseases exist in locations where they are easy to study. The International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research  bring the critical infrastructure necessary for research to parts of these endemic regions. We have implemented some of the existing health care informatics capabilities that deliver on the specific research requirements in a fast, accurate, and secure way in a developing country . Our approach has been modified to work around some of the unique conditions present in these areas. Challenges have included identifying appropriate hardware and software for the studies, delivering the hardware to Malawi (Southern Africa), limited network connectivity, mobility constraints, GPS data collection, barcode generation, local customs, and limited availability of information technology staff.
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