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Worried about swine flu? There’s an app for that.

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An iPhone app created by the Children’s Hospital of Boston and MIT Media Lab uses Google Maps to show the user’s current location and displays nearby outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to Tom’s Guide.  Users can also use the spot to search for a specific destination to check for diseases before deciding to go there.  The app’s name is HealthMap: Outbreaks Near Me, and it’s free at the iTunes store.

According to a CNET review, the app uses “data provided by HealthMap, an online service that “collects filters, maps, and disseminates information about emerging infectious diseases.”  The app allows users to submit their own reports, complete with photos.

I have to admit that I downloaded the app.  It’s apparently very popular; when I tried to use it I got a message saying “Due to a higher demand than expected for the service, performance may be slow at peak times. We are working hard to resolve this issue quickly!”

Now if someone could just create an app that would notify me of uninsured drivers near me . . .

About Michael J. Evans

Michael J. Evans is a personal injury lawyer who represents people with claims involving defective medicine or medical devices, other defective products that cause serious injury or death, and environmental cases. Evans also handles whistleblower lawsuits in which employees, or former employees, expose fraud or other illegal conduct by the corporation for which they work(ed), Evans organizes litigation groups of plaintiffs law firms to work with him on these cases nationwide. Evans uses social media, blogs, online video, mobile apps and traditional media to connect with clients, and help other prominent law firms connect with clients.. Evans is also an advocate for the rights of consumers. His primary areas of legal practice are mass torts, and advising law firms on the ethical rules and law governing legal marketing via the Internet and social media.

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