Please join us tomorrow at the Change Seminar for the first of two talks
being given by CSE grad students at the upcoming ACM DEV
<> conference.  Samia Ibtasam will be presenting work on
a smartphone immunization information system for digital record keeping in
Punjab Pakistan.

This work was done while Samia was at the Information Technology Univeristy
<> in Lahore with her colleagues Amna Batool, Umair Ali,
Muhammad Salman Khalid, Umar Saif, Mustafa Naseem

*What:* Iterative Design of an Immunization Information System in Pakistan

*When:  *Tuesday,  Nov. 8

*Where: *The Allen Center, CSE 203


Routine early age child immunization is one of the most costeffective
public health interventions. The use of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) tools such as Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to
improve efficiency of vaccination programs has shown mixed but encouraging
results in terms of success. The objective of this paper is to present
evidence of Evaccs – a successfully deployed smartphone based vaccinator
monitoring app, discuss the need to create a smartphone enabled IIS (called
Har Zindagi – every life matters) that can store digital records of every
child, discuss various design and implementation features of Har Zindagi’s
android application, and present findings of the usability testing
performed on the Har Zindagi android app. Given that the vaccinators are
non tech-savvy, and the real estate on a smartphone is limited, this
application was particularly designed to allow easy record entry process,
and smoothen the workflow. This paper builds upon previous work on user
interface design for lowliterate users, and identifies techniques to
iteratively design interfaces with government employees, who may be
uncomfortable with giving usability feedback due to fear of repercussions
or might have different field reality when compared to their supervisors
and policy makers.
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