Mobile App Crowdsources Fever Info For Hospitals
Boston Children's Hospital taps Apple's Health Research Kit for better data on fevers
Although 98.6 is generally considered “normal” body temperature, individual factors like age, size, ancestry, or time of day may change what is considered normal. The Feverprints program crowdsources information about personal temperature, lifestyle, and overall health for adults and children in the United States. By aggregating personal information from volunteers about medication, symptoms, lifestyle, as well as temperature, researchers are hoping to better understand what constitutes normal and febrile temperatures in order to diagnose and treat infections and diseases more quickly. The research kit will also monitor the performance of fever reducing medicines to help create case studies.