InfectionApp launched in collaboration with VitalHealth
The Julius Center has developed what they have called the InfectionApp in collaboration with VitalHealth Solutions. The app is used to examine infectious diseases among children. It enables parents to keep a diary of symptoms for their children, stating which symptoms they detect in their child and on which days their child suffers from them. With its future-proof design, the app will eventually be used for a wide range of other purposes in both medical care and scientific research.
The design of the InfectionApp is based on paper diaries used during previous research into infectious diseases and respiratory complaints among children. The data that parents fill in is sent to the research team via the app. As an important improvement compared to the paper diaries, the app recognizes in real-time certain combinations of symptoms as an infectious disease, such as an ear infection, the common cold or gastroenteritis. The app responds by generating an additional list of questions about the clinical picture for the user to answer. Besides the lists of questions the InfectionApp contains information about the research itself, the research team’s contact details and a page containing “frequently asked questions.”
The app is currently being tested in a group of parents of young children by way of a validation study. The app will eventually be used for more extensive research into common infectious diseases among young children, enabling the accurate identification of risk factors, frequency, seriousness of infectious diseases and the impact of these infections on the daily functioning of child and family.
As the InfectionApp was developed as a generic app, it can be flexibly adapted to several purposes. As such, it can also be used for more extensive research and research into various other diseases.