Late Tuesday, the CDC confirmed that a patient now being treated at a Dallas hospital is, tragically, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
The global Ebola crisis, beginning in Africa and now spreading around the world, has led to an overwhelming amount of media coverage, and social media interaction with an unfortunate amount of it being false.
With the accelerated rate at which information can spread across the Internet, it is too challenging to manage and monitor false information, which is more speculative than factual and often derived from irresponsible reporting.
While new methods of utilizing mobile healthcare apps are being explored by healthcare professionals around the globe today, the Ebola crisis has many considering how mobile apps can play a role in educating the masses and, ideally, curbing the deadly disease’s spread.
In a recent post in InformationWeek Healthcare, the idea of creating mobile applications that provide accurate and factual information — which is not subject to irresponsible reporting — was discussed. One of the primary concerns with creating such apps is accessibility for areas with low internet access, as well as the need to create an app that is globally recognized and respected.
While such as app is yet to appear, many developers are contemplating ways to best serve the world in times of a healthcare crisis. And the Ebola outbreak is providing the impetus for that effort like nothing we’ve previously seen.
In particular, mobile solutions may prove most helpful in keeping the public informed with regard to where Ebola and Ebola-like symptoms and quarantines are appearing in clusters.
“Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, each of which can be easily mistaken early on for other ailments like malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis,” CNN reports.
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