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26.10.2013

State of Rio uses smartphones in real time to monitor dengue

Health workers use the device to fill forms on sites visited and any outbreaks of the mosquito

Foto: André Gomes de Melo/SECOM RJ
Agent demonstrates the use of the smartphone used to fill out forms about sites visited and outbreaks of the mosquito that transmits dengue
Agent demonstrates the use of the smartphone used to fill out forms about sites visited and outbreaks of the mosquito that transmits dengue

In 81 municipalities in the state, health officials are using smartphones to monitor in real time and warn of outbreaks of the mosquito that transmits dengue. According to the State Department of Health, local governments that have not yet joined the project can do anytime.

The program was launched in January this year and distributes smartphones local health agents, who use the devices to fill forms on the sites visited and outbreaks of mosquito. The device works with 3G internet connection and gives the exact location where the agent is, the time of the survey and the number of homes inspected. With the phone, the agent can shoot locations with suspected outbreak of dengue.

According to the superintendent of Epidemiological Surveillance and Environmental Secretariat, Alexandre Chieppe, technology streamlines reporting and allows faster actions to combat dengue and patient care. "With the spatial distribution of outbreaks, municipalities can monitor in real time the work of agents in search of endemic outbreaks of the mosquito that transmits the disease. Consequently, the municipality can expedite the preparation of reports with data collected and allow a reduction in the response time for implementation of actions to combat dengue. "

The smartphones were donated by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geography Statistics (IBGE) and are distributed to municipalities. The secretariat is the training of agents. To enter the program, the city needs to sign an agreement for accession to the department.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL