The CDC or Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists free software that is targeted towards the public health sector. EPI Info is a free database creation and analysis software that comes handy for generating and viewing reports from data collected over the years. This is suited for a variety of tasks to help surveys, assessing inferences based on these surveys, organizing the information and manipulating those using handheld devices like tablets and smartphones. It allows for easy "push and pull" of information, create charts and plots from the sources, generate maps for past visits and also plan future surveys and operations, much more easily and wisely.
One of its best features is an epidemiologic analysis of the collected data using statistical tools and methods inbuilt into the program, with just a tap of your finger.
- It allows you to transform the data, arrange them into tabular plots of 2x2, create matrices which can be operated using these statistical data analysis methods and finally generate results.
- It comes with new and enhanced Visual Dashboard that offers more flexibility for performing regression analysis of acquired data samples, create matched pair wise studies on the categories and classes of data with robust charting capabilities on the go.
The basic functionalities have been improved for a more flexible and easier usage. You can now Create Forms and Enter Data very quickly by creating questionnaires and data entry forms directly within Epi Info You do not need any additional tool or equipment. EPI Info will further go a step ahead and create a database in your preselected location, which can also be cloud based, based on your just created questionnaire. You can update, manipulate and search information from this database just like making queries on a real-time SQL tuple.
Their current release is EPI Info 7.1.5 and it supports only PC users. It employs Windows OS compatible up to the latest edition and utilizes the Microsoft .NET framework. It comes in two varieties, that is, one that requires being installed weighing about 20MB and another portable zipped file that weighs 18.8MB that does not need to be installed. The official site also provides help desk, training resources, shape files and other stuff to help you get started with your own operations.
Thus, it is really a much-desired piece of software for the health service as well as other survey case studies.