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An App That Can Tell Doctors You’re Sick

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 17, 2013

MIT Technology Review reports today on Ginger.io, a company spun out of the MIT Media Lab, whose app of the same name is in trials with hospitals across the country. The Ginger.io smartphone app logs all activity on a patient’s phone and transmits the data to the hospital, where it can be monitored. “Now,” says cofounder and CEO Anmol Madan, “the doctor or nurse can get a sense of the patient’s life and help as needed.” The app automatically notes changes in phone-use patterns and sends alerts when they are detected, which can keep patients who generally care for themselves at home from suffering dire consequences if they deviate from prescribed medication or therapy.
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