Application Now Available For IPhone To Track Swine Flu

By: Braniff Watson

A new iPhone application, manufactured by researchers at Childrens Hospital Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, permits users to trace and report outbreaks of infectious sicknesses, for example.
The application, "Outbreaks Near Me," builds on the mission and proved capacity of HealthMap, a Web resource that collects, filters, maps and disseminates information about rising infectious medical conditions, and offers a new, contextualized view of a user's exact location locating outbreaks that have been reported in the area of the user and offering the opportunity to search for further outbreak data by location or sickness.
"We hope people will find the new app to be a beneficial source of outbreak data domestically, nationally, and globally," claims HealthMap founder John Brownstein, PhD, help professor in the Children's Hospital Informatics Program ( CHIP ). "As people are supplied with extra info and perception of infectious sickness, the hope is they are going to become more worried and active about public health."
This can enable people in cities and states around the world to have interactions with the HealthMap team and take part in the public health surveillance process. They will also get a chance to track the virus and get the latest updates form the application
Users may take footage of eventualities and eventualities of, and / or leading to, sickness with their iPhone and submit them to the HealthMap system for review and eventual posting as a caution on the global map.
"In releasing this app we hope to enfranchise electorate in the explanation for public health, not only by providing prepared access to realtime data, but also by galvanizing them to contribute their own info, experience, and observations.
In enabling collusion in surveillance, we also expect to extend worldwide coverage and identify outbreaks earlier.".

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