Updated on June 6, 2024


Created on August 1, 2016

Medic Mobile


Open source software created to provide connectivity to healthcare workers in isolated areas.

Developed By Unknown
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Product Description

Medic Mobile is a software toolkit for basic phones, smartphones, and computers that combines smart messaging, decision support, easy data gathering and management, and health system analytics.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Medic Mobile has worked with 50 partners in 21 countries. Medic Mobile partners with all levels of the health system, including community health workers, NGOs, community clinics and hospitals, ministries of health, and international agencies.

Manufacturing/Building Method


Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

A do-it-yourself version of the Medic Mobile offline web application for antenatal care can be downloaded directly from the Medic Mobile website. The entire Medic Mobile toolkit, which also includes applications for childhood vaccinations, disease surveillance, and stock monitoring is only available to partner organizations. To become a partner organization, submit a request via the online contact form.

Distributions to Date Status

24,463 health workers in 23 countries are using Medic Mobile.

Telecommunication service required

Mobile services (SMS or/and Mobile Internet) or/and Fixed Internet. The system works offline as well.

Level of connection service needed

None. It depends on which device is used to access the service.

Additional features required

SD card for SIM App, adequate storage space for Medic Collect or Medic Mobile App

Device(s) required

Computer and/or mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone)

Permanent network connectivity required (Y/N)


Two way communication (Y/N)

Yes, when connected to the Internet or Mobile services.

Usage rate (%)


Literacy support (Y/N)


Languages available

English, Spanish, French, Swahili, Nepali, Hindi

Operating system and version

Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up for Medic Collect, Android 4.4 KitKat and up for Medic Mobile App

Power requirements

Uninterrupted power supply for web app, occasional power supply for mobile apps (minimum time varies by use case)

eHealth application

Decision support, data collection, data analytics, stock management, disease surveillance

Design Specifications

Medic Mobile can be used for antenatal care, childhood immunization, disease surveillance, and stock monitoring applications. The main Medic Mobile toolkit runs on feature phones, smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Patients and community health workers can submit information via SMS messaging which is sent to a computer with the web application. The web application receives and stores data sent from community health workers, manages contacts, sends automated messages to individual or multiple recipients, and automatically schedules appointments. The web app also includes a cloud-hosted analytics feature to visualize data. The web app can be hosted locally (i.e without internet connectivity) or on a cloud server. The cloud based web app runs as a responsive web app on desktops, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. The cloud-based web app runs best on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari on a computer that is connected to the internet.Interview with representative The Medic Mobile system includes two tools for smart phones. The Medic Mobile App is a full feature Android app that provides an automated task list, contact organization, guidance through clinical actions such as screening for high-risk pregnancies, and target updates. Additionally, Medic Collect is a smart phone tool that is based on ODK Collect. Unlike ODK Collect which requires internet or wifi to send data, Medic Collect allows for data to be sent via SMS.Interview with representative Users can also install a Medic Mobile SIM app to submit information on feature phones with custom forms. Many partners use Nokia feature phones (within 101-190 model range) although generally any feature phone with SMS capabilities will suffice.Interview with representative The price point for feature phones should be around 25 USD each.Interview with representative Medic Mobile has also developed do-it-yourself (DIY) toolkits that are separate from the primary toolkit. There is currently only a DIY toolkit for antenatal care. The specifications for the DIY toolkits are as follows:

  • Technology/storage required: GSM modem, 2GB RAM (preferably 4GB)
  • Languages available: English, Spanish, French, Nepali and Swahili
  • Operating system: Windows
  • Software version of O/S: Windows XP or newer

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Representatives from Medic Mobile conduct on-site training sessions for organizational or facility level supervisors prior to launch. These secondary users are responsible for training community health workers. Medic Mobile will translate its tools to accommodate local languages.Interview with representative

Replacement Components



Feature phones that are used for Medic Mobile should have a long battery life (800 hours on standby and 12+ hours of talk time).Interview with representative

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters


Vetted Performance Status

Details of numerous pilot studies that have been conducted by Medic Mobile with collaborating partners are available in the 2013 and 2014 annual reports. Experts note that it would be nice to see user feedback in the annual reports.


-  Medic Mobile - DMF India - Kilifi Kids - Kenya Ministry of Health

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

DeRenzi, B., Borriello, G., Jackson, J., Kumar, V. S., Parikh, T. S., Virk, P. and Lesh, N., 2011, Mobile Phone Tools for Field-Based Health Care Workers in Low-Income Countries, Mt Sinai J Med, 78, pp. 406–418. doi:10.1002/msj.20256

“Partnerships.” 2021. Medic. January 19, 2021. https://medic.org/partnerships/

“Medic.” n.d. Medic. Accessed June 6, 2024. https://medic.org/?/diy 

CommCare Homepage Loop.Original. 2020. https://www.dimagi.com/

“D-Tree.” 2022. D-Tree. April 29, 2022. https://www.d-tree.org/

“Medic.” n.d. Medic. Accessed June 6, 2024. https://medic.org/

“Contact.” 2020. Medic. November 11, 2020. https://medic.org/contact/

Graham, Sarah, Andra Blaj, and Louis Anato. 2023. “Stories.” Medic. January 13, 2023. https://medic.org/stories/?/blog/we-built-the-mobile-app-health-workers-deserve 

“Open Data Kit.” 2018. Open Data Kit. March 1, 2018. https://opendatakit.org/

Graham, Sarah, Andra Blaj, and Louis Anato. 2023. “Stories.” Medic. January 13, 2023. https://medic.org/stories/?/blog/training-day

“MoH.” n.d. Health.Go.Ke. Accessed June 6, 2024. https://www.health.go.ke/

“Principles for Digital Development.” n.d. Digitalprinciples.Org. Accessed June 6, 2024. https://digitalprinciples.org/

Graham, Sarah, Andra Blaj, and Louis Anato. 2023. “Stories.” Medic. January 13, 2023. https://medic.org/stories/?/blog/new-report-reviews-the-50-publications-in-medic-mobiles-research-archive

“2010 Mahmud Mobiles in Malawi JTHC.Pdf.” n.d. Google Docs. Accessed June 6, 2024. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By87R494_wpBRTFwZHNqTFNSVEk/view?resourcekey=0-LLhMmNbiMsolT3XKgO_Tdg

Compliance with regulations

Medic Mobile endorses USAID's Principles for Digital Development. Medic Mobile aims to align with national digital health strategy which varies from country to country.Interview with representative

Evaluation methods

Different pilot projects: St. Grabiel´s Hospital in Malawi: the change in the efficiency of the hospital capacity was measured.

Other Information

Medic Mobile was awarded the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Medic Mobile was also awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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  1. Jeremy Schonhorn says:

    The Hammersmith Hospital links are dead

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