TB HIV Care’s community-based HAST Counsellors – linked to the CDC HIV Prevention Programme – successfully transitioned from paper-based HIV Testing Services (HTS) forms to a mobile, digital HTS data collection platform called Lynx-HCT.
TB HIV Care began the shift to Lynx-HCT in early 2019 and by 01 March all teams were using the new application.
Lynx-HCT is a data capturing solution that meets the needs of users in the field, as well as managers and those reporting to the funding partner.
HTS information is entered on a tablet with on and off-line functionality. Data analysis and operational planning becomes easier as dashboards display information per age and gender. Hot spots are identified through geographic information system (GIS) functionality. The new application allows for real-time reporting and analysis, allowing fieldworkers to identify hotspots, increase testing and case finding and ultimately improve linkage to care.
TB HIV Care ran a ‘Big Switch’ techno challenge for the HTS teams, which encouraged users to become familiar with the platform, supported the ‘switch’ to digital reporting (working closely with teams to answer any questions and address any challenges) and rewarded teams and individuals with fun prizes as they embraced the new technology. Well done to all involved!