EpiInfo, no-cost software from the US CDC has been available to the public health community for 30 years.
Current versions for Window-PCs are used for simple projects such as management of registries for clinic visits or hospital admissions, for entering and analyzing data concerning cases and controls in disease outbreaks, or for more complex projects such as surveillance systems or studies requiring not just "flatfile" data structures, but more complex "relational data bases" and requiring not only ad-hoc data analyses, but also production of standard reports which can run with a single click!
Not to be forgotten as a related public-domain software tool is Epidata(www.epidata.dk) which shares many features with EpiInfo and which though somewhat less powerful offers some advantages such as greater ease of use.
Both programs are valuable no-cost tools for development of either ad hoc or permanent information systems whether in resource-advantaged or resource-limited settings.
Training for new users and developers should be carefully planned and can often be based on the "train-the-trainer" model. EpiInfo systems can play a key role in data acquisition efforts which will be needed in the era of the SDGs.
The objective of this session is to present Epiinfo in a small group of 15 participants.
Persons who are interested to participate need to contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Brenner, MD, Medical Epidemiologist