Ebola Care App
The Ebola Care app gives organizations real-time access to data
The Ebola Care app was built for aid organizations fighting Ebola. The app replaces paper forms, and gives decision makers realtime access to data from the field.
Ebola Care helps Ebola organizations with several core functions:
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Finding everyone who came in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient.
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Care for children abandoned due to parents contracting Ebola.
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Coordinate and track Ebola education events in communities.
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Patient data collection by ambulance teams.
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Observe and evaluate children under quarantine
Developed in partnership with aid organizations
In developing Ebola Care, we worked hand-in-hand with aid organizations on the front lines in West Africa. During the pilot phase we've released constant updates to the app based on feedback from the aid workers, and we will continue this iterative approach as we scale.
A good example of this is the Ebola Care Contact Tracing module. We realised that aid workers have a burning need for a simpler way to collect the dozens or something hundreds of names for the contact tracing process. We worked with Sam Herring until we had a process that he describes as "the best contact tracing method".
The Ebola Care app makes contact tracing easy
Functions without network connectivity
The application continues functioning without cellular reception. Data is cached on the phone and is automatically uploaded when network connectivity is regained. This allows the app to be used in the most rural locations.
The app is fully functional without network connectivity
Ebola Care runs on Android and iOS, both tablets and phones. As you can imagine, being able to use cheaper devices means we can give phones to more aid workers. So we've optimised Ebola Care to run on even low-cost Android devices.
The Ebola Care app back-end includes cloud data storage and industry standard REST API’s to allow integration with existing and future medical information systems. The app also integrates with existing basic data management tools like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets that aid organizations are using today.
Real-time access to data
Data is captured by health workers and automatically uploaded to a cloud system that can be accessed by decision makers at Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and aid organizations.
Data captured on the app is immediately available in reporting systems.
Fast field upgradeable
The application itself can be quickly updated remotely, without intervention required from the health workers. This capability has already allowed us to make improvements and incorporate new guidance from the Liberian Ministry of Health that could be deployed in the field within minutes.