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Table 3 Fixed and Monthly Costs of implementing e-Chasqui

From: A web-based laboratory information system to improve quality of care of tuberculosis patients in Peru: functional requirements, implementation and usage statistics

  Calculation Fixed Cost Monthly Cost
Infrastructure Building    
Computers, web access points and installation 8 × $458 (average cost) $3,666.00  
Printers 4 × $150 $600.00  
Server   $2,500.00  
Internet for health centres and labs 12 HCs & 2 labs × $41 monthly   $574.00
Internet for headquarters with server 1 HQ × $400 monthly   $400.00
Total   $6,766.00 $974.00
System Design & Development    
Peruvian Clinician 80 hours × $21/hour $1,680.00  
System Manager 500 hours × $22/hour $11,000.00  
Faculty Consulting 40 hours × $59/hour $2,360.00  
Programmer 100 hours × $40/hour $4,000.00  
Total   $19,040.00  
System Implementation    
System Manager 620 hours × $22/hour $13,640.00  
Faculty Consulting 80 hours × $59/hour $4,720.00  
Programmer 450 hours × $40/hour $18,000.00  
Total   $36,360.00  
Data Entry & Management    
System Manager 1/4 time   $937.50
Peruvian Data Administrator 2/3 time   $253.33
Peruvian Data Entry (one per lab) 3 × 2/3 time   $580.00
Transportation for Data Administrator 1.5 monthly visits to every site   $150.00
Total    $1,920.83
System Advocacy    
Peruvian Clinician 100 hours × $21/hour $2,100.00  
Faculty Consulting 50 hours × $59/hour $2,950.00  
System Manager 200 hours × $22/hour $4,400.00  
Total   $9,450.00  
Grand Total   $71,616.00 $2,894.83
  1. We have divided the costs into five categories: infrastructure building, system design and development, system implementation, data entry and management, and system advocacy. For infrastructure, the objective is to have every health institution with a computer, printer and intermittent, if not constant, internet connection. System advocacy has consisted of meetings and discussions, usually with national or regional administrators, to discuss the system's potential benefits, provide updates on its status, and train users on the system's abilities since this was the first time a web-based clinical system had been implemented. The costs incurred by a new program implementing e-Chasqui should be reduced as they will not include system development. All costs are in 2007 U.S. Dollars Unless explicitly stated all staff are US based