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Overview of EpiSuccess Pro 2 (ESP2)

Windows® PC Software with Web Server and Mobile App

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Why EpiSuccess Pro 2 (ESP2) Software?

  • Data collection for field epidemiology and emergency response continues to be a tedious process using paper forms and manual data entry
  • Very time consuming to set up a new survey questionnaire for data entry (e.g. Epi Info™)
  • Cannot reuse questions from previous surveys, or assemble questions from question "banks" or libraries
  • Lack of data collection software for mobile phones / tablets that is integrated in the "workflow" and also easy to setup and use
  • Need better ways to share data rapidly for surveillance -- including hierarchical reporting (e.g. local-to-county, county-to-state and state-to-national)

Goals of EpiSuccess Pro 2 (ESP2) Software

  • Rapid questionnaire development, including reuse of questions
  • Support for mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) for field data collection
  • Support for data entry from other computers (desktop / laptop) on network
  • Send and receive data for surveillance and reporting (peer-to-peer and hierarchical)
  • Compatible with existing software (Epi Info™) and questionnaire exchange standard (Triple-S™)
  • Use of electronic forms (Microsoft® Word® form)
  • Easy creation of paper questionnaires and forms
  • Data import / export and exchange with other data systems (including SAS®, SPSS® etc)
  • Safeguards for data security, privacy and confidentiality
  • Fit the "workflow" of field epidemiology and emergency response
  • "Easy to use"

Features of EpiSuccess Pro 2 (ESP2) Software

Windows® PC Application

  • Standalone .exe file requires no installation
  • Can run from memory stick
  • Same .exe runs on:
    Windows® XP / Vista® / 7 / 8 (32 or 64 bit)
  • Demo mode: 20 minutes session and demo text randomly inserted in data records
  • Standard mode: After activation using Activation Code

ESP2 Datasets

  • An ESP2 dataset is a folder with subfolders containing files
  • Folder name is the ESP2 Dataset Name
  • Data records stored in SQLite database file
  • Not limited to 250 variables like Microsoft Access® mdb
  • Entire dataset folder can be zipped for archive or sharing
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software

ESP2 Questionsets

  • An ESP2 questionset is a "dataset of questions"
  • Create questionset from any ESP2 dataset
  • Create new ESP2 dataset from questionset
  • Use built-in Questionset Editor to rapidly assemble and edit questions
  • Import questions from other ESP2 datasets or questionsets
  • Can create customized libraries / repositories of reusable questions ("Question Banks")
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software

Compatible with CDC Epi Info™

  • Create ESP2 dataset from Epi Info™ 3.5 / 7
  • Import data from Epi Info™ 3.5 / 7 mdb file
  • Export data to Epi Info™ 3.5 / 7 mdb file
  • Supports Epi Info 3.5 "wide" tables (over 250 variables)
  • Does not support "Relate" or "Grid" tables (1-to-many relationship)
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Exchange Questions and Data Using Triple-S™

  • Create ESP2 dataset from Triple-S™ xml file
  • Import data from Triple-S™ csv file
  • Create Triple-S™ xml file from ESP2 dataset
  • Export data to Triple-S™ csv file
  • Can use third party software to convert to / from SAS®, SPSS® etc. datasets using Triple-S™ and third party software such as Stat/Transfer™
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software Diagram of EpiSuccess Pro 2 Datasets and Questionsets

Microsoft Word® Forms

  • Create electronic forms in Microsoft Word®
  • Export ESP2 dataset records to populate individual Word® form documents
  • Import data from Word® form files to ESP2 dataset
  • Edit Word forms with Word® 2000 / XP / 2007 / 2010
  • Can "protect" the Word® forms and use form for entering data
  • Can send Word® forms as email attachments
  • Can print paper questionnaires and data forms
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software Diagram of EpiSuccess Pro 2 WordForm deployment

Users and Permissions (Role-Based Access Control)

  • Define Workgroups, Roles and Users
  • Assign Users to Roles within Workgroups
  • Assign Datasets to Workgroups
  • Users must login to mobile devices and web browsers
  • Users can only access datasets and perform actions for which they have permission
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Built-in Custom ESP Web Server

  • Integrated ESP Mobile App for iPhone® / iPad® and Android™ smart phones / tablets
  • Data entry on other computers on network (Safari® / Chrome™ web browsers)
  • Data exchange with other PC’s running ESP2 software
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software

Automated Data Transfers and Surveillance

  • Send data to, and receive data from other PCs running ESP2 software
  • Schedule tasks for automated recurring data transfers
  • Secure data transfer (https) over Internet
  • Same Role-Based Access Control system as for mobile devices / browsers
Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software Screenshot of EpiSuccess Pro2 PC software
Diagram of EpiSuccess Pro 2 Surveillance deployment Diagram of EpiSuccess Pro 2 Surveillance deployment using Inernet Cloud servers

ESP2 Mobile App

  • Integrated with PC web server, datasets and User Permissions
  • Collect data in field with smart phones and tablets ( iPhone / iPad and Android™ 2.1+ )
  • Login to PC web server from mobile web browser
  • Capture GPS coordinates from mobile device
  • Search / sort data records – save search criteria
  • Display record data on interactive maps
  • Optional auto-save and idle timeout
EpiSuccess Pro 2 Mobile App screenshot for iPhone 4 EpiSuccess Pro 2 Mobile App screenshot for Android tablet

Limitations of EpiSuccess Pro 2.1 Software

ESP2 Datasets

  • Cannot create new Epi Info™ databases (mdb files)
  • Does not support 1-to-many "Relate" or "Grid" tables
  • Does not support Epi Info™ Check Code scripting
  • No branching logic (skip questions), cascading menus

ESP2 Mobile App

  • May not work on some older devices
  • Only use wireless network (WI-FI) for data transfer (not USB cable or SD card)
  • Not fully integrated with camera / microphone

Security and Privacy Recommendations

Device or Directory Encryption

  • Instead of encrypting each individual database or file, encrypt entire device or directory, for example:
  • PC: Windows® 7 Ultimate BitLocker®
  • PC: TrueCrypt® encrypted directory
  • Thumb drive: Encryption provided by vendor
  • Mobile phones / tablets: Device encryption by vendor, such as Samsung On Device Encryption

Data Transfer: ESP Web Server <--> Mobile Devices

  • Over WI-FI local wireless network
    • Use WI-FI encryption (WEP/WPA/WPA2)
    • Use http connection with ESP Web Server
  • Over Internet (3G/4G/LTE)
    • Use secure https (SSL) connection with ESP Web Server
    • Valid SSL certificate for domain name where ESP Web Server is running

ESP Web Server <--> Web Browser (Safari® / Chrome™)

  • Over WI-FI local wireless network
    • Use WI-FI encryption (WEP/WPA/WPA2)
    • Use http connection with ESP Web Server
  • Over wired local area network (LAN)
    • Use secure https (SSL) connection with ESP Web Server
  • Over Internet (including 3G/4G/LTE)
    • Use secure https (SSL) connection with ESP Web Server
    • Valid SSL certificate for domain name where ESP Web Server is running

ESP PC (ESP Web Server) <--> ESP PC (as Client)

Use secure https (SSL) connection with ESP Web Server

  • Over WI-FI local wireless network
  • Over wired local area network (LAN)
  • Over Internet (including 3G/4G/LTE)
Note: Can use self-signed SSL certificate and IP address for ESP Web Server

Benefits of Using EpiSuccess Pro 2 (ESP2) Software

Better, Faster, Easier and Cheaper

  • Better quality data by reusing questions and built-in data validation
  • Shorten time to create questionnaires, deploy surveys, transfer data and have data ready for analysis and reports
  • Quick and easy management of datasets, questionset, user permissions, ESP Web Server and data transfer tasks
  • Cost savings by reducing staff time and option to use a variety of newer or older smart phones, tablets and computers

For More Information

Please send email to:
EpiSuccess email address


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