Disrupt London Hackathon 2015
Individuals in creating nations might not have the posh of entry to many trendy applied sciences. They do, nevertheless, have reasonably priced entry to smartphones more and more. Based on a current mobility report from Ericsson, there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, with one other three.5 billion anticipated to return on-line by 2020.
With that progress comes more and more speedy SMS penetration, and with that penetration has come a slew of apps utilizing SMS to help higher well being care. Up to now, we’ve seen quite a few SMS messages for illness prevention, surveillance, self-administration and compliance in creating nations. (An educational research courting again to 2012 had recognized ninety eight associated purposes.)
Lots of these apps have targeted on HIV/AIDS and used bulk messaging. Immediately, at Disrupt London’s in a single day hackathon, a workforce comprising two astronomy PhDs from the College of Cambridge, together with three builders who they met right here, got here up with one other seemingly helpful app referred to as MedicSMS.
The thought behind it’s to permit somebody with out quick access to healthcare suppliers to textual content scary signs that she or he is experiencing. Utilizing IBM Watson, the app then delivers that individual the most effective recommendation that it might relating to what the situation may be and what measures to take. Moreover, it asks the individual sending the textual content for his or her location, knowledge it then feeds to native authorities and NGOs. (The workforce additionally whipped up an interface that permits the NGOs to see on a map the place the textual content was despatched, to allow them to be attended to in individual if essential.)
George Stefanis — one of many builders on the undertaking (his full-time job is on the Walt Disney Firm) — tells us that, already, “in principal, the app works should you have been to name it from a browser.”
Subsequent steps contain enhancing its infrastructure and determining how you can overcome some restrictions of Twilio, whose SMS API MedicSMS is at present utilizing.
Down the street, says Harley Katz, one of many PhDs on the workforce, MedicSMS might additionally assist governments and well being care organizations higher perceive when and the place epidemics are taking root. “Ultimately, we’re hoping to trace far more, together with the place comparable signs are popping up on the map.”