This evaluation focused on EpiCollect, a data collection tool designed for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices to allow epidemiologists to rapidly design forms, share forms with a small group and use the forms to collect data directly using their mobile device.
This document serves as a guide for completing a structured technology evaluation – for the public health community. Each section of the outline describes how specific portions of the evaluation should be performed. The scope of this tool is to examine specific technology-based tools or resources that have the capacity to provide specific value to the public health community.
In January 2010, CDC created a Public Health Informatics Research & Development Unit (IRDU). In order to efficiently carry out its mission of advancing the field of public health informatics through applied research and innovation, IRDU staff developed a draft evaluation framework to be used on the wide variety of technology-based tools and solutions of potential value to public health. The goal of this framework has been to provide a standard – to allow comparisons across technologies.