Sickweather launched its first Android app to alert users in real-time when they enter Sick Zones: areas where illnesses are reported on social media. In addition, the application also has an element of crowdsourcing, allowing users to report illnesses directly and anonymously to the Sickweather map.
When someone publicly posts “My kids have strep” on Facebook or Twitter, Sickweather qualifies that report using a patent-pending process and then plots it on a map. Then, when a Sickweather user travels near that report, they will get a real-time alert on their iOS or Android smartphone, warning them of their proximity to strep throat.
“Sickweather is like the Waze for sickness” says Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. “When someone checks-in their symptoms with us, not only is their report anonymously mapped for their community to be alerted, but it is also logged to their own ‘My Reports Map’ which can be used to track when and where they’ve been sick, or have come in contact with others who are sick.”