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Method and system for tracking and notification of potential exposure to contagious diseases using mobile and cloud technology

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235431D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-27
Document File: 8 page(s) / 161K

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Abstract

Using the smart phone technology, the phone can detect and track other phones next to them. If a smart phone stores the information or sends it to the server, the information can be used to track who may also be affected by the disease.

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Method and system for tracking and notification of potential exposure to contagious diseases using mobile and cloud technology

Problem

When someone is diagnosed with a contagious disease, it is important to quickly find potentially infected people who may have been directly or indirectly in contact with them.

Known Solution

Medical staff can query the patient to find where they were and who they were next to.

Drawback


1. It is based on the patient's memory where he/she had been and whom he/she had been in contact with.


2. It is difficult for the patient to remember all the people he/she had been in contact with.


3. The information from the patient may not be comprehensive and accurate.

Background

1. The population of people who have a smart phone is growing. There are more than 1.5 billion smart phone subscribers in the world and this number is increasing by 45% yearly growth.


2. The research shows that 91% of smart phone users keep their phones within arm's reach.

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Core Ideas

1. Existing technologies can be used to identify two nearby smart phones. These technologies include NFC - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_field_communication, Bluetooth - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetoothand Bump Technologies.


2. A smart phone can be used to gather nearby phones' Info automatically.


3. The Info is stored in the phone until requested.


4. Subject to privacy rules, the Info may optionally be sent to and stored in the cloud until requested.


5. Smart phone's location should be kept privately in order to take account of privacy rules.

Advantages


1. Can more precisely track down the potential infected people.


2. Can be done automatically. Does...