Officials the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are turning to the sophisticated Viral Hemorrhagic Fever computer app for the purpose of tracking Ebola.
The app allows users to easily create and maintain databases of patient information including details on patient names, gender, age, location, status -- such as dead or alive -- and their case classification. The app helps reduce data entry errors and lessens the burden of data management on public health workers.
The app generates virus transmission diagrams that help workers in the field visualize and predict outbreaks and their reach. Crucially, the app does not require an Internet connection once it has been downloaded and installed. This means that tracking Ebola is possible in places with limited connectivity and little or no information technology support.