26 June 2009

Joel Selanikio ~ Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Hero

Excellent to see the 2009 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability go to Dr Joel Selanikio for his EpiSurveyor, now the most widely adopted open source mobile health software in the world. Seeing that mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) were spreading quickly and dropping in price, Selanikio decided to use these handheld computers to improve the public health data collection process. He notes...
"I set out to develop software that was extremely simple to use; taking the skills, expertise and capacity that previously came with hiring a consultant and instead, put the necessary tools into the hands of the actual public health officer, nurse or physician. I was determined to make the software both free and open source, as not to raise barriers to data collection."

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