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Is a low-cost method of providing health information exchange in developing countries. It was developed and implemented in Uganda in 2003 by the Uganda Health Information Network(UHIN).


The PDA project was to demonstrate the viability of handheld computers (PDA)

  Allow for greater mobility 

The secondary goal (or sub-goal)

To use affordable technologies to link health professionals in developing countries to each other and to reliable sources of information, including modem to modem telephone links and the internet by using geostationary satellites. [1]


  1. Mobile (cellular) telephone.
  2. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).
  3. Server.

The system utilizes low-cost Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and handheld cellphones for data entry and data is transmitted over wireless carriers to the central server located in Kampala.

Hardware/Software Used

Handspring Visor Neo, with a 33 MHZ DragonBall VZ microprocessor from Motorola, a Palm Operating system and 8 MB of main memory. This is equivalent to approximately 1/100 of the power of a S6 or Iphone 6.

Software Pendragon Forms


Tech Museum Laureate 2004

The Stockholm Challenge Winner 2002



The PDAs are used by health workers to collect data at the community level. The data is uploaded or sent to nearest African Access Point (AAP) visa infrared, bluetooth or wi-fi and from there, the data is transmitted via wireless carriers to the servers.


Around 600 Health workers in five districts use the system to facilitate clinical and public health data and information exchange.


  1. Doctors.
  2. Nurses.
  3. Clinical Officers.
  4. Community Health Workers.


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