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Supporting LIFE: Mobile Health Application for Classifying, Treating and Monitoring Disease Outbreaks of Sick Children in Developing Countries

  • Yvonne O’ Connor
  • Victoria Hardy
  • Ciara Heavin
  • Joe Gallagher
  • John O’ Donoghue
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9073)

Abstract

This paper presents the Supporting LIFE (Low cost Intervention For disEase control) project. Supporting LIFE applies a novel combination of Android based smartphone technology, patient vital sign sensors and expert decision support systems to assist Community Health Workers in resource-poor settings in their assessment, classification and treatment of seriously ill children, more specifically children from 2 months to 5 years of age. The application digitises widely accepted WHO/UNICEF paper based guidelines known as Community Case Management. The project also facilitates for disease monitoring and surveillance via a reporting website.

Keywords

Mobile Health Developing Countries Community Health Workers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne O’ Connor
    • 1
  • Victoria Hardy
    • 2
  • Ciara Heavin
    • 1
  • Joe Gallagher
    • 3
  • John O’ Donoghue
    • 4
  1. 1.Health Information Systems Research CentreUniversity College CorkCorcaighIreland
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.gHealth Research GroupUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  4. 4.Global eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public HealthImperial College LondonLondonUK

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