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Mobiles ‘to help track diseases’

The BBC reported today that mobile phone technology is being developed to help manage the spread of diseases such as HIV and bird flu.

“The software is designed to allow field workers using handsets to send and receive data on disease outbreak along with patient and drug information.”

When a disease is spreading rapidly, health authorities need information that is bang-up-to-date

“This means a doctor working in the field can send information to a central database about how many people are affected by a disease, patient status, drug inventory levels and receive information such as alerts, treatment guidelines or lab test results…The efforts of the international health community to control pandemics, by getting life-saving drugs to those in need, depend heavily on a comprehensive and accurate picture of what is happening on the ground.”


Written by thd

October 17, 2006 at 11:11 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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