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HP putting webOS on the front lines of the malaria battle in Botswana 23

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Tue, 07 Jun 2011 7:02 pm EDT

In Botswana there is a new weapon that is being used to control malaria outbreaks and aide health care workers. Many of you are already using this "weapon" in your day-to-day lives at work, at home and at play. But while we're doing that, the people of this African country are using a number of Palm Pre 2's to track and detail malaria cases before it is too late to alert workers in specific regions about an outbreak (which they now do via text messages).

As the program has already been running with HP's and PiNG's (Positive Innovation for the Next Generation) assistance for the last three months (and will continue for another nine), the Ministry of Health in the country is finding it extremely handy to be able to alert their workers within a few hours of an outbreak of malaria. The program works by equipping healthcare workers in different regions with smartphones (Palm Pre 2) and access to the cloud. As they encounter cases of malaria, they can access a database on the cloud and send details about the outbreak, including pictures, notes, and map coordinates. 

The results have been so great that they are even beginning to look at the possibility of adding other diseases to their program, one at a time. Some of their officials envision the day when every health care worker in the country carries a Palm Pre 2 at all times, to give them access to the apps and cloud-based health databases whenever needed. 

HP and PiNG don't plan on stopping with Botswana, though, and other countries/diseases could be added to the program in the future as more success stories are birthed from the initiative. With polio sitting next on Botswana's hit-list of diseases to battle, and with their average person carrying at least one cell phone already, Botswana could be a place of innovation and cloud-based healthcare advancements that are pushed throughout the rest of the world. And webOS is right there at the helm to lead the way.

Source: PiNG Via: FastCompany

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23 Comments

Wow an African post !

Go HP ! Nice to see WebOS working on my continent at last ! Gee what did that take three years ? ! :)

Nice post worthy cause needs a lot more awareness !

Touch Pad's please !

Goob job HP and Palm ;-) spreading the pre 2 for good cause.

i don't we call it palm anymore.

I know that, but its a Palm Pre 2 not a HP pre 2 :P

Well I like this story! That is a great use of a great device. It's exciting to see how people can find great uses for a tool. I hope this data gathering method will be very helpful in addressing disease issues in Botswana...and think about how many more places and issues around the world.

That's great HP! Giving access for more research and info. using the pre2 and the cloud servers in countries in africa. Good Job.

Fantastic story that only makes me mad at sprint :( Mabey I am just bitter.

Are they just using MediPDA or could they use additional apps for combat outbreaks? Geo Restriction can be dealt with later, just wonderin.

Good job HP.

They need to start selling the Pre more in Africa and Asia. That would get HP a good market share for future webOS assault.

HP: +1

I am just waiting for some asshat to come in here and be all like "WHY SHOULD AFRICA GET DAT FOR FREE GIVE MEH MUH PRE3 NOW".

I hate people.

Unfortunately you were the first :(

Great Job HP!

I love that webOS is helping people.

Me too. HP can be such a great company.

great news, wonder how long the battery last them though

And they need solar charges to go with them - although many people have them.

Great job, great cause.

Great PR for HP, and an awesome way to make use of all the Pre2 devices. It's nice to see and hear about people in the world who know how to make good use of a webOS device.

I do health research (HIV and sexual violence prevention) in South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. This is awesome. Cell phones are ubiquitous there. No electricity. No water. But cell phones. Data service is available even in fairly remote places. And you can use the pre as a modem for your laptop.

My son is going to rural South Africa in the Peace Corps on July 5. He'll be training teachers in science and math and pushing environmental and health education. Will WebOS work there?

And HP . . . One of the huge dangers to very young teenage girls in all these countries - and Kenya - is being sexually assaulted or raped. In our sites, 85% of 15 year old girls are raped EVERY YEAR. Best prevention is actually staying out of places where it happens if you can possibly avoid them. Some movie theaters, some markets, etc. A 'networking' app that could allow you to anonymously post where attacks happen would be incredibly useful to parents and girls trying to protect themselves. Foursquare for making it so people CAN'T find you.

Erm... are any of these doctors using epocrates?

Nice! I work for a co that provides traveler services and also sends out medical alerts to corp travelers and ex pats. They are currently expanding their mobile app development - but due to market #s are prioritizing Blackberry and iPhone platforms :( and not MY mobile platform of choice.

Can't blame 'em, but makes me wonder; If HP can capture the hearts and minds of the developing world, that would be an awesome international marketshare.

These pre2s are being used to conduct surveillance studies. Most of these public health workers aren't physicians and may not even treat the people with malaria but can record malaria activity and especially spikes in activity so then they can notify healthcare providers about this or get increase in medical supplies, aid. The key is using the intuitive webOS device to connect to cloud and use a database to crunch the data. This is a much better model than loading a local proprietary databases on a couple of Pre2s and handing it to healthcare workers who may not be able to collect or analyze data on industry standard programs. Also with the cloud solution, the public health people don't have to be worried that they start a program with a proprietary app on a small smartphone platform that can lose support or disappear over time.

Way to go HP!

I wish they would release the touchpad before June 18th. I will be leaving for Liberia, West Africa that day and it would be totally awesome to take some Touchpad's and/or Pre's with me for that part of the continent.

Keep up the support of our brothers and sisters in Africa!