April 1, 2019 · work sdk

The next phase of Secure Data Kit

I was in Geneva last week visiting the World Health Organization to discuss the supply chain for donated medicines. It's my 6th trip to Geneva over the last 5 years and it's the perfect opportunity to reflect on how far we've come as a company and what the next steps are for us as an organization.

5 years ago our goal was simple: build a product. That’s it. We had started an agency (Standard Co) more out of necessity than anything else. But we knew that an agency, building things for other people, was more of a means than an end or us. We’d come up as product people and knew that was our future. We just didn’t know what it would be.

Soon after we found our product: a data collection tool for public health organizations that we call Secure Data Kit. Replacing paper with digital, we established a foothold in the Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) community. NTDs affect over 1 billion people worldwide and the use of digital tools has helped organizations to enhance and expedite their decision making process. Our data collection tools now process over 100k surveys per week housing hundreds of millions of data points for some of the largest healthcare orgs in the world.

But data collection was just phase 1 of our product vision. Now that we’ve created a suite of data collections tools ranging from iPhone to Android to SMS to WhatsApp, we’re ready to take the next big step with Secure Data Kit:


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The data collected using our platform is only as useful as the information you can extract from it. How easy is it to extract that information though? Before SDK: Analyze, it wasn't that easy at all. Our clients would download the data and then put into excel or SAS or some other tool, spend hours cleaning the data, more hours configuring the system, and after much toil and googling “how to…”, they might glean some useful information from their dataset.

We clearly think there’s a better way. That’s why we created SDK:Analyze.

We wanted to make it easy for our clients to see and visualize their data. SDK:Analyze is a new suite of tools designed to do for analyzing data what we’ve done for collecting data: use data to simplify decision making.

The toolset includes automated dashboards that help elevate key indicators to decision makers. Imagine being able to see the progress you’re making in a real time chart. Or the ability to quickly identify outliers to the data you’ve collected. Our dashboards will make that simple.

We also have integrations to Tableau, Power BI, and other tools if that’s your analysis tool of choice. Lastly, we have our own team of analysts and data managers who can help you make sense of your data.

Our goal with all of this is straightforward: Simplify the collection and analysis of data to help transform lives.

Want to learn more? Read the blog entry and watch some demo videos here: https://www.securedatakit.com/blog/sdk-analyze