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Tue, Oct 28
How The Tech In Your Smartphone Could Help Fight The Next Ebola Outbreak
The Ebola crisis has brought new perspective to concerns about how diseases — and people who carry them — travel. And a number of experts following the issue predict the recent outbreak will bring about major changes in how we think about the geography of medicine, or “geomedicine.”
While public health officials and scientists have long used maps to track diseases, Geographic Information Systems — the same technology that powers the maps on your smartphone — have added new capabilities. Last week’s summit on geomedicine, hosted by the Duke University Center for Health Informatics in Durham, North Carolina, highlighted some of the ways that GIS could be used to help medical providers track and target diseases like Ebola and other health risks.