Text-messaging based bio-surveillance to improve health reporting system in Vietnam

Provide a best-practice model with evidence of utilizing text-messaging in improving disease surveillance system

Project start date : 01/06/2012

Beneficiary country : Viet Nam

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Infectious diseases

Fields of application

  • Health professional training
  • Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
  • Patient monitoring and medical data

Stage of development

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Financing method

Area where the project is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies
  • Other (please specify)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population
  • Other

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Other (please specify)

About the sponsor

Institute of Population, Health and Development

The Institute of Population Health and Development (PHAD) is a Vietnamese Public Health Research NGO that aims to improve the health and quality of life of Vietnamese community. PHAD was established in 2009 under the regulations of the Vietnam Union of Sciences and Technology Association (VUSTA). PHAD commits to investigating and addressing the factors that influence the health and well-being of the populations, with a particular focus on strengthening health systems and improving the services available to disadvantaged and vulnerable people. As an independent scientific adviser, PHAD strives to provide advice that is unbiased, based on evidence and grounded in science. PHAD is led by a dedicated group of experts, who have extensive experience working across a range of different health research fields and have provided high level technical advice to inform public policy.

Sector : Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

Country of origin : Viet Nam

Contact : Sponsor website Project website

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation

Yes, auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


  • Columbia University

    Academic entities (Universities, research laboratories, etc)

  • University of California - Los Angeles

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • Dartmouth College

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • University of New England

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology

  • Ky Son

  • Cao Phong

  • Hoa Binh city and Hung Yen city District Health Centers

  • Hoa Binh and Hung Yen Preventive Health Centers