Table 3

Fixed and Monthly Costs of implementing e-Chasqui

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


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

Blaya et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:33   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-7-33

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