iPhone app alerts you when sickness is nearby

iPhone app alerts you when sickness is nearby

Summary: Sickweather is a new iOS app that proactively warns you when you're entering an area where a lot of sickness has been reported.

TOPICS: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad

Sickweather has launched a mobile app for the iPhone (free, App Store) that will send a push notification to your iPhone when you enter a sick zone: areas near reports of illness gathered from social media. It's the first app of its kind to leverage big data from social media, along with Apple iOS's geofencing and notification technologies, to serve health alerts.

Here's how it works:

Sickweather alerts you when sickness is nearby - Here's how it works. Jason O'Grady

When someone publicly posts 'Ugh, I have the flu' on Twitter or Facebook, Sickweather qualifies that report using a patent-pending process and then plots it on a map. When a Sickweather app user travels near that report (whether they are dropping kids off at school, traveling for the holidays, or stopping in their favorite cafe for a cup of coffee) they will get a real-time alert notification on their phone warning them of their proximity to flu.

Sickweather alerts you when sickness is nearby - Jason O'Grady

Sickweather 1.0 for iOS 7 allows you to view reports of up to 23 different symptoms and illnesses on a map, as well as four groups of illnesses related to Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Environmental, and Childhood illnesses. The core feature is the ability to activate alerts for each of those illnesses to monitor for ‘sick zones’ as you travel throughout your day.

How you act up the information is up to you, of course. Graham Dodge, CEO & co-founder of Sickweather, notes that the Sickweather app "could prompt you to wash your hands, get a vaccine, buy medication, or take other preventive measures to boost your immune system." Dodge hopes that the real-time awareness generated from his app will help reduce the spread of illness and reduce healthcare costs.

Topics: Apple, Apps, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • Awesome

    Imagine going into a crowded mall and twitpinterfarcebooking that you're sneezing and coughing and think you have the flu...
  • "..will send a push notification to your iPhone when you enter a sick zone"

    Just curious. I wonder what it does when you enter a Microsoft store.
  • A downside to the app

    I just tried it and it's great with coming up with notices of illness but many are days ago, even more than a week. In another month of winter season it will be filled with illness reports that don't appear to be removed. We already know that when flu season kicks in, it's all over. But what about when people reporting are over it? Does the app clear the notice?