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.Â Users can also use the spot to search for a specific destination to check for diseases before deciding to go there.Â 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.”Â The app allows users to submit their own reports, complete with photos.
I have to admit that I downloaded the app.Â 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 . . .