Malaria Geo-Localization with Mobile-Health Applications

21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015 Last revised: 15 Jan 2016

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Roberto Moro Visconti

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Department of Business Administration

Alberto Larocca

Waoni Technologies

Michele Marconi

Independent

Date Written: December 25, 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to show how mobile health (M-health) applications may help geo-localization of malaria diffusion. This process innovation enhances quick diagnosis and selected treatment of malaria, TBC, and parasitic diseases. The background is represented by godforsaken environments that show disconnections between remote (cloud) diagnostic equipment and onsite ICT devices, constituting a bottleneck for M-health applications. This paper examines cost-effective strategies to fill the gap. M-health malaria applications are sustainable if they properly coordinate sponsoring partners (NGOs, meta-data processing TLCs, etc.) to needy patients. Health planning and management can be substantially improved with geographic information systems (GIS) linked to timely supply chains. Evidence from Uganda shows that diffusion of smartphones can provide real-time data transmission, improving malaria monitoring and treatment.

Keywords: Malaria tracking; telemedicine; mobile phones; geographic information systems; networks

Suggested Citation

Moro Visconti, Roberto and Larocca, Alberto and Marconi, Michele, Malaria Geo-Localization with Mobile-Health Applications (December 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2708159

Roberto Moro Visconti (Contact Author)

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Department of Business Administration ( email )

Largo Agostino Gemelli 1
Milano, 20123
Italy

Alberto Larocca

Waoni Technologies ( email )

Kampala
Uganda

Michele Marconi

Independent ( email )

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