ClickClinica, the app that maps disease outbreaks

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Nov 26 2012, 06:28:47

By letting doctors record patients' symptoms with a single click, ClickClinica provides real-time global disease surveillance

There are more than half a million apps at the iPhone App store, and few human interests are uncatered for. You can download books, have a tour of the stars, and lob exploding birds at hunkered-down pigs.

Academics are now getting in on the app action. Earlier this month, researchers at Liverpool University launched ClickClinica, a free app for doctors. It brings together authoritative guidelines for handling medical issues, from bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), so doctors can check best practice before treating their patients.

But the app has a second feature that makes it more than a digital reference book. With a single click, a doctor can record what symptoms their patient has and the treatment they provided. Collect enough of these together, from around the world, and you get real-time global disease surveillance.

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