The world needs to prepare for the next major health crisis, Bill Gates has told delegates at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.
While Ebola seems to be being kept under control currently, next time “we may not be so lucky” the Microsoft co-founder warned.
He said that there were plenty of technology tools that could be used to contain the spread of a virus.
And, he added, governments should learn from how nations prepare for war.
“Nato plays war games to check that people are well-trained and prepared. Now we need germ games,” he said.
He also called for a reserve “medical corps” similar to the reserve armies that civilians can join.
Technology can play a big role in helping prevent the spread of a virus, he told the Ted audience.
The proliferation of mobile phones mean that citizens can easily report where disease breaks out and satellite mapping can quickly collate where the problem areas are.
Meanwhile advances in biology have drastically cut the time it takes to develop vaccines for new viruses
During the Ebola crisis, technology firms such as IBM contributed tracking systems that allowed the authorities to create detailed maps of outbreaks based on text messages from citizens.
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By Jane Wakefield, Technology reporter
A smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles.
Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.
Increasingly mobile health is being talked up as a lifesaver in such areas.
The app is the brainchild of TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale.
“I wanted to get medical health checks into users’ hands,” he told the BBC.
Urine can be tested for the presence of 10 elements – including glucose, proteins and nitrites.
These can be used to pinpoint a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infects, cancers, liver problems as well as being used to keep track of general health.
Users need to collect their urine and dip a standard test strip into it. ….
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