About the Home Based Care Application
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The Home Based care application is available to be imported directly into your CommCare project space, along with all free COVID-19 template applications, in this library: https://www.commcarehq.org/covid19
Medic Mobile and Dimagi have teamed-up to design a community health application to support Home-Based care for COVID-19. This CommCare application is designed to provide relevant education, training, and asynchronous communication links to CHWs, patients and family/community members to facilitate home-based care. The application digitizes workflows described in the Core group’s Home Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19.
Specific app functionality includes:
The application was designed in an effort to digitize the workflows described in the Core group’s Home Based Reference Guide for COVID-19. The application was designed in collaboration with Medic Mobile and developed by Dimagi’s team of software engineers and implementation specialists built the app to support the following processes:
Registration of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases
Assessment for eligibility of Home Based Care
Enter test details
Refer for further testing
Facilitate referral for treatment if needed
Present educational material to CHW, caregivers, and patients
These personas provide a common understanding of who the app is serving, particularly when working across diverse contexts. Being explicit about who the app is designed for, and understanding what is important to them helps to prioritize features, make better design decisions, and optimize impact.
This workflow includes the patient, their household care provider (could also be a community member), CHWs, and CHW supervisors. In addition, it is likely that program staff will engage with CHWs and CHW supervisors to ensure proper training and protective equipment is received. In this design, the primary users of the app are the CHW and CHW supervisors with patients and household care providers as recipients of care and educational content.
Description of Forms in CommCare
The table below breaks down the the role of each form in the CommCare application:
Summary of content
Register & Assess for Home Based Care
Add a new patient (covid_19_case) to the application
This form is filled out to both register a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient and assess if they are eligible for home based care based on their symptoms, underlying conditions and residential setting. If the patient is not eligible for home based care this form can help issue a referral to a health facility.
This form also has the capability to enter initial test results, refer for additional testing.
Patient basic information
Patient contact information
Patient symptom screening
Patient underlying condition assessment
Residential Setting and Caregiver assessment
Referral to health facility
Referral for testing
HBC Follow up
Once a patient has been enrolled in home based care, this form allows the CHW to follow up on the patient’s symptom progression, enter additional test results, and reassess the household.
When appropriate this form can facilitate an end to home based care either because a patient has completed their care or because they need to be referred to a health facility for treatment.
Patient symptom progression
Referral for treatment
Record test results
Referral for testing
End home based care
Referral Follow up
Used at an ad hoc basis to record the details of a referral
The table below describes each of the educational forms in the CommCare application:
Introduction to COVID-19
This module provides CHWs with a basic understanding of COVID-19, as well as hygiene, signs and symptoms, and prevention measures. It includes educational content for the broader community.
Introduction to Home Based Care
An introduction to providing home-based care during the COVID-19 pandemic, including assessing both the residence and family members for suitability of home-based care. Also includes information on referral protocols and best practices, as well as follow-ups.
HBC for CHWs
Reviewed by the CHW on an as-needed basis, this section will provide educational content for the CHW to engage with at regular intervals in order to understand the shifting content of COVID-19 in their community, as well as share this content with families and patients.
HBC for Caretakers
Used by the CHW to help educate community members and potential home care providers on proper hygiene, sanitation, safety precautions, treatment protocol and supplies needed to provide Home-Based care.
App Case Types and Relationships
Like many CommCare applications, this application uses case management to keep track of progress of various points of interest. To learn more about the case types and relationships, please review your application's case summary.
This application is designed to be used as a stand alone application or to easily integrate with existing community level applications. This application makes use of child cases and has information saved to the covid_19_case and referral cases. The referral case is a child case of the covid_19_case.