Guiding Ebola patients to suitable health facilities: an SMS-based approach

Mohamad Ali Trad*, Raja Jurdak, Rajib Rana

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Access to appropriate health services is a fundamental problem in developing countries, where patients do not have access to information and to the nearest health service facility. We propose building a recommendation system based on simple SMS text messaging to help Ebola patients readily find the closest health service with available and appropriate resources. The system will map people's reported symptoms to likely Ebola case definitions and suitable health service locations. In addition to providing a valuable individual service to people with curable diseases, the proposed system will also predict population-level disease spread risk for infectious diseases using crowd-sourced symptoms from the population. Health workers will be able to better plan and anticipate responses to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Patients will have improved access to appropriate health care. This system could also be applied in other resource poor or rich settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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