SEPTEMBER 1 2009
HealthMap iPhone App: User Contributed Disease Notifications
This app locates disease outbreaks nearby, by disease type, anywhere in the world, plus allows you to submit new outbreak details. This app was built by RustyBrick in partnership with IntuApps.
What we did:
HealthMap contracted RustyBrick and our partner, IntuApps to build them an iPhone app that finds disease outbreaks near you or anywhere in the world. Plus, the application allows iPhone users to submit outbreaks in their area, directly to HealthMap. In addition to finding outbreaks in your area and submitting information to HealthMap, you can also search for outbreaks by disease type.
Wired has written up a detailed article on this application/ The article is named iPhone App Finds Disease Outbreaks Near You. So read that for an unbiased review and explanaiton of the application.
Yes, we were the ones who built the Swine Flu iPhone App, which is how HealthMap found us.
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert. HealthMap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.
HealthMap is funded by Google.org.
The application can be downloaded for free in the iTunes Store.