How Health Workers Are Using Smartphones To Fight TB

By Megan Knowles
Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control
August 21, 2018

Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins and UC San Diego are developing mobile technologies that let patients track medication intake on their smartphones —a new tool proving useful in fighting tuberculosis, STAT reports.

Encrypted videos taken on smartphones are sent to public health workers who can watch them from work as opposed to traveling to visit patients who are far away.

TB patients must be carefully monitored for a minimum of six months to ensure they don’t miss doses that could let the infection survive, mutate into drug-resistant strains and spread in highly populated areas.

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