Infectious diseases could be diagnosed with smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa

Medical Xpress | February 27, 2019

The review, published in Nature, outlines how healthcare workers in low-income countries, like those in sub-Saharan Africa, could use existing smartphones to diagnose, track and control infectious diseases in low-income countries. There are already initiatives focused on using established mobile technologies like text messages and calls to connect healthcare workers and patients to each other, and to test results. This new review by researchers from Imperial, Karolinska Institute, UCL, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Africa Health Research Institute, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says that smartphones could also help enable people to test themselves, and get results and support in their own homes. This would make it easier for people to look after their own health—particularly in rural regions, where clinics can be too far away to travel. In addition, patients worried about a potential HIV infection might be more inclined to get tested if they could do it at home and avoid the stigma of attending a clinic.

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