A free iPhone app developed by scientists at University of Liverpool can help health authorities track cases of major infectious diseases, such as meningitis, according to a press release from the university. It can also help doctors comply with requirements to notify authorities of new cases. The ClickClinica app launched last month.
The app combines guidelines from World Health Organisation and the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to provide reference information for physicians. It also allows doctors to record symptoms and treatments with a single click, and transmits the doctor’s specialty and hospital location to a central database. It was developed by Benedict Michael, a researcher at the UK National Institute for Health Research, and created by Computer Science PhD student David Geleta.
Some junior doctors don’t know exactly how to notify authorities, and others find it time-consuming. The app can automate this process, reports University of Liverpool. The demo video below shows how the app works by showing fictional examples of doctors using the app.
So far, over 1,000 doctors have downloaded the app. In the United Kingdom, the app has recorded three cases of tuberculosis, five cases of encephalitis and one case of H1N1 influenza, reports the Guardian. It has also recorded cases from around the world.