Cell Phones As Early Warning Systems

Cell Phones As Early Warning Systems

Changes in the mobility patterns of mobile device users can be used to identify disease outbreaks.

Naresh Kumar
  • 19 october 2010

An MIT team is researching the feasibility of using cell phones as a unique tool to identify any emerging disease outbreaks. The team, led by Anmol Madan, said that a disease changes the mobility pattern of a cell phone user and by developing a software that tracked movements, phone calls and text messages of 70 students who were also daily surveyed for their health, the software was able to identify those suffering from an ailment.

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