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How can communication technologies be used to prevent disease outbreak?

I want to know in what ways can communication devices be of a help to prevent an outbreak of diseases.

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    Aug 19 2013: Outbreak information before disease outbreak it.
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    Aug 14 2013: To prevent their outbreak

    Communicable diseases are to be made non communicable

    by using faster communication.
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      Aug 15 2013: I disagree. As eloquently as you've made your point, Adesh, communicable diseases remain quite communicable in ever inter-communicating society.
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    Aug 14 2013: Both of the talks daniel mentioned below are excellent.

    Here's another one that is just amazing. Warning, he covers so much information that you'll need to watch it several times.
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    Aug 13 2013: Displace ignorance with information.
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    Aug 20 2013: We can predict that one of these coming years, a new form of virus or bacteria will evolve; however, it is not possible to predict which precise moment a disease will outbreak. It is spontaneous, after all, and we can only know that there is a new type of disease, once it is seen in an animal or a person.

    In a positive note, communication technologies are useful to avoid a great epidemic, since using the media people get to know that there was a new disease found in a place, and social networks spread the news to those who missed it on the media. This way, people can be alerted and if they travel to or from that place, they can take the appropriate measurements to not spread it in other countries. In the earlier centuries, because there were no communication technologies, people did not know about what happened in other places, and traveled without concerns, till people started dying suddenly in multiple countries.

    On another note, people in the medical science fields can communicate, and using trial and error or other methods may produce a cure easier and faster than without knowing what other people are doing. One person may be creative, but if others also try the same thing over and over, it will just slow the process down. Also, if multiple creative people come together and exchange information, it is more likely that they will arrive to a conclusion faster.

    Personally, I think that disease outbreaks are less out of hand now with communication technology than before.
  • Aug 17 2013: The absolute best solution to disease is good health. Disease is a blessing. It is a wakeup call that we are doing something wrong. It's like any engine that starts to sputter, if you don't take the hint and treat it better it will get worst and die. Communicate that!
    • Aug 19 2013: Hang on a moment, just because some person treats animals poorly in some far off country... I get the disease because of their bad behaviors. Rather stop ships and planes first.
  • Aug 16 2013: There are, in general, two kinds of communicative diseases.
    1, Infectious diseases only through personal contact. example AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD). There are also hepatitis B and C. The consequences of these are quite serious. Usually, the attending physicians or nurses would be responsible for informing the U. S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the patients' contacts list obtained from the patient. However, the CDC ordinarily wouldn't inform foreign health authorities unless the foreign authority inquires about a person by name. Sometimes, some mysterious or rare diseases was reported or microbiologically or pathologically examined by CDC. I am sure the CDC will be able to relay the information to foreign authorities, if asked.
    2. Some very contagious (thro the air) disease such as influenza such as the bird flu, swine flu or the respiratory type of flu. they need quarantine. I am sure that the information, including microscopic findings, should be be available as well. Then there are Tuberculosis.(TB), ESPECIALLY THE DRUG RESISTANT TYPE. I hope that all the health authorities in all the counties in the world will have open communications, so that we can prevent it to spread beyond the national borders.
    The modern telecommunication of disease information is well developed that.physicians could diagnose most disease conditions through the internet. It is also much developed that we can have medical conferences about pathological finding almost as good as in the face-to-face in a conference room. This is, in my opinion, the most important avenue for international communication for disease prevention and control.
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    Aug 15 2013: it depends the way we use my believe communaction it most important things that can help us to prevent world disease today we attained to know anything goes on our enivorment by use electronic dervice and we can prevent disease as much as we spread our communication technolgies in the world
  • Aug 15 2013: Containing outbreaks is all about quarantine. And not the fun, willful kind either, its about bringing in bio-hazard units with authorization for live fire on civilians whose worst crime was trying to get out of the quarantine zone where life has gone to hell.
    Communication technology very much helps coordinate that sort of effort, as unpleasant as it may be.

    If the infection is already out of control though, and the affected area is too big to quarantine, then all you can really hope for is avoiding personal contact as much as possible using long distance communication in the hopes you don't get infected.
    That's honestly the best we can hope for in most modern democratic countries--the sort of instant and ruthless response required to stop a full fledged outbreak is beyond most democratic regimes, and even beyond most non democratic ones where this sort of decision is made more lightly.
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    Aug 15 2013: Get a Twitter account. #I'mInfected
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    Aug 15 2013: Using the networking model as given by

    Lets say I'm a patient that shows up at the hospital with impetigo. They would need to use my contacts and gps information to send messages to those in my contact list within an area with a list of symptoms and instructions on what to do if they have them (contact the hospital before getting there, using the separate entrance for quarantine)

    With the vast number of medical equipment getting digitized, smaller, portable, I hope that medical treatment gets decentralized.

    With continued urbanization, people are getting more concentrated in cities, so a more cohesive medical network could eliminate the need to go to the hospital for treatment. better mobile teams replace EMT units with doctor/nurse/whatever-is-needed units can show up to the location of the patient with a complete hospital equipment set tucked under the stretcher.The patient can be isolated if need be immediately without having to come to the hospital and in contact with more sick people whose immune systems are already weak to spread infection. Hospitals can get smaller, just big enough to have an ICU and operating theaters.
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      Aug 15 2013: I made the same TED talk recommendation one day ago. Would it be inappropriate to say 'great minds think alike'?
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        Aug 15 2013: hehehe

        I got it from you, just too lazy to type out the guys name. and I recommended your links in my last post.

        So I'd say 'great minds complement each other' :P
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          Aug 15 2013: Ha. It's not like I haven't done the same thing. At first I thought you said 'compliment' but then I saw it was 'complement' and I'm not ashamed to say I had to look up the word to determine the difference (obvious as it is in hindsight) and I'd be honored to think our comments complemented each other.
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      Aug 15 2013: I'd also never heard of impetigo and I hope I never do again.
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    Aug 14 2013: I think it would be cool to have some kind of paging device maybe, or a satellite transmitter of some kind, in which it'd be cheap, durable, and easily made. Epidemiologists/government unities could give one device to each village with high disease risk. When an outbreak is suspected, the keeper of the device could activate a signal that alters the investigators. In this way, the outbreak could be contained quickly without it gaining momentum to spread.

    Just a hair brain idea.
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      Aug 15 2013: No one is going to use beepers (paging device maybe) for a epidemic.

      I don't want to sound TOO critical, but what would stop infected people (assuming they got the message regarding the outbreak) from not trying to continue on their way (to home, to work, to their family, to freedom, to medical treatment) and thus from spreading the epidemic.

      Where are we getting the notion that our technology, quick as it is, is any match in terms of speed with the spread of an epidemic disease? (That's a general question for anyone to shoot down, not just you, Fisher.)
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      Aug 15 2013: Hi Mandy,

      you're on the right track there. We don't need specialized separate equipment for the village doctor. they all have mobiles with texting capabilities.

      Daniel, mobile technology does go fast if you consider that epidemic disease requires human carriers to physically introduce it to a geographical area. even airborne pathogens have a radius that's pretty close to it's source.

      They should make text messages that mutate with every forward.

      Generation 1: I have been infected by___ which is communicable. please check yourself for the following symptoms. i you have these symptoms, please ______. Please forward this message to all your contacts.

      Generation 2: I have been in contact with ___ which is communicable please check yourself...

      Generation 3: You may have come into contact with ____

      and then it dies after 5, 10 or whatever generations.
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    Aug 14 2013: Internet, mobile phones and television to communicate information about a virus and precautions that need to be taken.
  • Aug 14 2013: By encouraging students to do their own homework assignments.
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    Aug 14 2013: Communications technology can be used to prevent disease outbreak by providing real time updates to a specific audience. Other mediums such as news and radio programs address a much broader audience. This can allow the disease to grow to a size that the broadcasted news aids everyone listening.

    If you know how vulnerable you are, you will take the necessary precautions. There can be inertia to change, that can at time, cause there to be done too little to late.
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    Aug 14 2013: I think the using a mobiphone is a great idea. No one is without phone so!
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      Aug 15 2013: Umm... I have a communicable disease, but, I like, uh, have no phone... what do I do?
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    Aug 14 2013: Or better yet:

    "After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1)."

    Link at least those two conversations to this question topic of yours and more people might suggest more answers since they will see a link to this conversation when they watch either of those videos.
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    Aug 14 2013: You ought to see this talk. It's about using the same information communication and analyzation systems in Formula 1 racing cars and applying it to at-risk babies in pediatric care. From there it should be easy to see how communication technologies could help prevent disease outbreak, because the communication would be clearer and quicker, the warning signs would appear sooner and be signaled properly.

    "So what we did is we took a data system which we run every two weeks of the year in Formula 1 and we installed it on the hospital computers at Birmingham Children's Hospital. We streamed data from the bedside instruments in their pediatric intensive care so that we could both look at the data in real time and, more importantly, to store the data so that we could start to learn from it. And then, we applied an application on top which would allow us to tease out the patterns in the data in real time so we could see what was happening, so we could determine when things started to change."
  • Aug 14 2013: let people know the facts information as clearly as they want.