Booting Up: Tech effort could help fight spread of Ebola
Monday, October 27, 2014
The Ebola outbreak has caused a smartphone game, “Plague,” to soar to the top of the iOS app charts because it’s based on infecting the world with a virus.
So how pathetic is it that we aren’t using mobile technology to stop the real thing?
A geotagged, interactive map-based app tracking infected patients could help pre-empt and/or contain the spread of the virus.
Not only would the app allow for real-time health care reporting on the front end, on the back end, it could input information about an infected patient’s travels while contagious via that patient’s smartphone.
Using a combination of crowd-sourced data and geolocation technology, it would not be too difficult for a team of programmers, global health organizations, mobile networks and health care providers to develop such an app.
Ebola for iOS. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.