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emocha App for Ebola Monitoring Nominated for Innovation Award
emocha® Mobile Health, Inc., was nominated this week for a 2015 Baltimore Innovation Award for its Outbreak Symptoms Monitoring Application developed to monitor symptoms among people traveling from west-African countries where there are active Ebola outbreaks. emocha® is one of 5 companies competing in the “Best Web/Mobile Product of the Year” category.
Voting was open until Friday, September 25, and winners were named during Baltimore Innovation Week 2015.
Using a smartphone to access emocha’s secure web-based interface, the app allows travelers from west-Africa (including returning healthcare workers) to report body temperature and other health information twice a day for the 21-day monitoring period recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has access to individual data and is able to conduct risk analyses among groups. The app also allows the health department to push out SMS and email alerts to health officials if follow-up actions are required.
The emocha® mobile health platform was invented in 2008 by Larry Chang, Bob Bollinger, and Jane McKenzie-White of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. It was initially developed to deliver training to community health workers in Uganda who were providing HIV care in remote settings. In 2013, Sebastian Seiguer and Morad Elmi exclusively licensed the technology and founded the start-up company, emocha® Mobile Health, Inc. The platform has been successfully launched in the commercial market for use in the United States, and it continues to be used in resource-limited settings.
More information about the emocha® mobile health platform can be found on the company’s website at www.emocha.com