INTRODUCING SICKWEATHER GROUPS
An Open Messaging Platform for Public Health
Have you been concerned about the spread of the Zika virus? Want to know if your area is experiencing an influenza outbreak? The Sickweather app, which has been using social media for the past 4 years to track illnesses, has created a new feature, Sickweather Groups to offer another tool for knowing when and where illness outbreaks are occurring by allowing users to anonymously report symptoms and locations. The new Sickweather Groups just launched and I think it could be very beneficial for parents and healthcare providers to share valuable information about the spread of illnesses in their local area.
BALTIMORE, MD – February 25th, 2016 – Sickweather, developer of the world’s first real-time map of illness, has now launched Sickweather Groups, an open messaging platform for anonymously reporting symptoms to locations fed by Foursquare — including schools, workplaces, restaurants, hospitals, theme parks and more. For example, in light of the recent Chipotle E.Coli outbreak, Sickweather users could report symptoms directly to their favorite Chipotle restaurant for managers and patrons to be immediately alerted to a problem. Similar examples can be cited for Disneyland’s measles outbreak last year, or the upcoming Olympics in Rio amid Zika concerns.
Sickweather Groups also allows administrators and clinicians who represent a location to claim that group and use the open messaging platform to respond to reports or alert their followers of health issues associated with their locations. Other examples include parents following their childrens’ school on Sickweather Groups and the school nurse using it to alert the parents when there is an outbreak – likewise the parents can anonymously compare symptoms together for quicker resolution before the illness evolves into an outbreak.
“Sickweather Groups is a revolution in public health,” says Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. “By allowing the public to anonymously and easily report symptoms directly to a group location, while also inviting verified users to claim and manage these groups, we have created a much needed open public health messaging tool that can be used for reporting everything from allergies to Zika. In fact, it is because of so many requests for us to track illnesses like Zika and Ebola that we created Sickweather Groups.”
Sickweather Groups is immediately and globally available via the recent update of the free Sickweather mobile apps.
The Sickweather iPhone/iPad app & Apple Watch app are available for free in the App Store:
The Sickweather Android smartphone & tablet app (integrated with S-Health for Samsung devices) are available for free in the Google Play Store:
About Sickweather: Sickweather, Inc., a Baltimore-based company, provides real-time disease surveillance and forecasts for more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. 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). In 2014, the startup company graduated from the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. For more information, please visit: http://www.sickweather.com
FTC disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only and was not compensated in any way.
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