BALTIMORE, MD -- Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company that tracks illness, has launched their first mobile app for the iPhone to alert users in real-time when they enter sick zones: areas near reports of illness gathered from social media. This is the first app of it's kind to leverage big data from social media, along with Apple iOS's geofencing and notification technologies, to serve health alerts.
For example, when someone publicly posts 'Ugh, I have the flu' on Twitter or Facebook, Sickweather qualifies that report using a patent-pending process and then plots it on a map. When a Sickweather app user travels near that report (whether they are dropping kids off at school, traveling for the holidays, or stopping in their favorite cafe for a cup of coffee) they will get a real-time alert notification on their phone warning them of their proximity to flu.
"What users do at that point is up to them," says Graham Dodge, CEO & co-founder of Sickweather. "It could prompt you to wash your hands, get a vaccine, buy medication, or take other preventive measures to boost your immune system, but ultimately we believe that the net effect of this new, real-time awareness will help reduce the spread of illness and reduce healthcare costs."
The Sickweather app is available in the App Store as a free download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sickweather/id741036885?mt=8
In version 1.0 for iOS 7, users can view reports of up to 23 different symptoms and illnesses on a map, as well as four groups of illnesses related to Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Environmental, and Childhood illnesses. The core feature is the ability to activate alerts for each of those illnesses to monitor for 'sick zones' as you travel throughout your day.
- Sickweather launched their beta website in November 2011, and now qualifies over 600,000 reports of illness each month. In 2012, they were recognized among "100 Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured on the Today Show for successfully identifying the early start of the 2012 Flu Season 6 weeks before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). For more information, please visit: http://www.sickweather.com