Scientists Track Disease With SmartPhones

Scientists want to track people with their own smartphones to study the spread of disease.

The researchers plan to use the geolocation technology already embedded in modern phones to track where patients frequent most by calling those areas “hot spots.”

“There are hot spots, or places where TB (tuberculosis) patients spend a lot of time,” said the project’s leader, Professor Christopher Whalen. “With this information, you can target areas with the usual community control strategies, such as TB screening, active case finding, and education.”

“If you collect this cellphone information going forward, you’ll be able to see if your control strategies worked.”

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