“Often, most cases are suspected cases, with fewer confirmed cases. Patients with symptoms are asked to go for further tests, and this takes time. By the time a good number of confirmed cases are collected, the disease has spread rapidly. From a public health perspective, this is just not good enough. We need to catch it at the out-patient care level, restrict spread to clusters and deliver a cure before it grows into a wider geographical spread.” … click to read full story – Feature: Early detection of epidemics using mobile phones.
This article was published in the May edition of “Searchlight South Asia,” a monthly newsletter by Intellecap that tracks trends in pro-poor development for the Rockefeller Foundation. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not reflect the positions of the Rockefeller Foundation.