The Epi Info™ Story ~ 1986 Version 1
1986 - Version 1
Menu of the first version of Epi Info™, implemented as a DOS batch file.
1986 - User Manual
A 27-page manual was added in February 1986 and the “Programs for Automatic File Definition, Data Entry, and Tabulation” were now called Epi Info™.
Distribution was informal; anyone who wanted the programs was given a photocopy of the manual and a 5 1/4 inch floppy diskette.
1986 - 1st Field Trial
The first field trial of Epi Info™ and its companion “artificial intelligence” system, Epiaid, was conducted in the investigation of a syphilis epidemic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué, then an EIS Officer.
The idea of high-level computer assistance in planning an investigation never caught on, and the technology of the time did not make the Epiaid programs easy to use.
Epi Info™, with its practical tools for constructing questionnaires and entering and analyzing data, became ever more popular over the next few years.