Indore: Approval for mobile app to curb dengue spread hangs fire

Friday, October 31, 2014

Even as dengue cases rise, government approval for a mobile app that could prevent the disease from spreading by speeding up monitoring and intervention is hanging fire.

The Android app can help collate data about governmental programmes to monitor water and vector-borne diseases and update it in a graphical form in real time. All this in less than one-tenth of the time it takes currently.

From the survey of the affected area to the data entry, it takes around a fortnight for information to be collected under the integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) about malaria, dengue etc, said Amit Dubey of NGO Taru which developed the app.

Pointing out that seven days could be a matter of life and death for a dengue patient, Dubey said the process could be whittled down to as little as four-five hours through the mobile app.

Source: Hindustan Times (link opens in a new window)

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