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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2405-2410

Assessment of monitoring and online payment system (Asha Soft) in Rajasthan using benefit evaluation (BE) framework


1 PhD Scholar Community Medicine and Family Medicine, Demonstrator School of Public Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Additional Professor Community Medicine and Family Medicine, MPH Program Coordinator School of Public Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 School of Public Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
4 Demonstrator, School of Public Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
5 Department of Public Health, Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
6 Chief Medical and Health Officer, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nitin Kumar Joshi
B-110, Krishna Nagar, New Pali Road, Jodhpur—342 005, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_48_20

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Context: e-Health programs are implemented assuming that e-health/digital health can prove beneficial but pieces of evidence for assessing the actual benefits of e-health programs are lacking. Aims: To utilize the benefit evaluation (BE) framework to assess Asha Soft, which is an online payment and performance monitoring system initiative taken by Rajasthan. Settings and Design: BE of Asha Soft in Rajasthan. Methods and Materials: BE of ASHA Soft was done using scoping review with consultation exercise. The rationale behind using this methodological framework is to contextualize knowledge of the current state of understanding within BE framework practice contexts. The themes used for data compilation and analysis were based on three broad dimensions of BE framework namely, health information technology quality, use, and net benefits. Results: The state of Rajasthan has been the first in the country to start an online system of payment and monitoring of ASHA workers, through Asha Soft. It has administrative and supportive functions. Its simple and easy to use graphical user interference helps users to make accurate data entries and obtain desired monitoring and analytical reports. It has attributed to the availability of data on various parameters which help decision-maker to decide about the performance of ASHA worker and has brought a positive impact on the work performance of ASHAs. This online payment and monitoring mechanism has argumented motivational level and intention of use. The program has optimally utilized available human resources and no apparent monetary cost was involved in developing this software. Conclusions: This scoping study using the BE framework has provided evidence on the potential benefits of Asha Soft adoption in Rajasthan. It is recommended that future in-depth assessment of other e-health initiatives could be undertaken to guide the decision making.


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