The Sickweather site uses the power of social media to track infectious diseases. The Baltimore-based website was created by Graham Dodge as a way to provide an online social health network. The site provides a way to track and map illness, providing the possibility for sickness forecasting.
Sickweather scans social media networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, looking for indicators of illness and capitalizing on people's post, using it as a way to prevent illness. The app then tracks these sites for mentions of the flu, allergies and 22 other symptoms and illnesses as well as giving their own site members the ability to update their sickness statuses. The site then uses an algorithm on this publicly available information so that health-concerned consumers can track diseases that trend in their communities.
Founder Dodge believes that the site will eventually be able to predict disease outbreaks before they happen, providing a very useful resource for citizens.