Guardiões da Saúde (Guardians of Health) was recently announced as the winner of the Best Mobile Government Service at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Supported by the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the app was built by Brazilian eHealth startup Epitrack. Garnering more than 60,000 downloads, Guardiões da Saúde was used during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil to monitor potential disease outbreaks in real-time.
The application was developed by applying participatory surveillance technology, where app users’ health and location data was voluntarily and confidentially shared daily to monitor health conditions. The collective data reported could then warn users and officials of health threats, quickly triggering control and prevention actions at the local, state, and national levels.
With the support of governments and individuals, technology and participatory surveillance can help ensure that mass gatherings like the Olympics continue to be celebratory moments where people around the world can peacefully embrace other cultures and not put their health at risk.
The award announcement can be found here.