this is fun - one of our two forum keynote speakers appears in a story
in The Economist, on mobile lifestyles.
"Soon mobile technology could play a large role in detecting, mapping
and responding to epidemics. A lot of information about a recent polio
outbreak in Kenya became available because health workers were using
hand-held devices to collect data that used to be recorded on paper
"The software on those devices, called EpiSurveyor and made by a not-for-
profit organisation called DataDyne, is also used by health workers in
Sierra Leone and Zambia. The World Health Organisation has now
declared it to be the technological standard, and DataDyne is in the
process of loading it onto ordinary mobile phones for use in poor
countries everywhere, says Joel Selanikio, a doctor who co-founded the
organisation. For most people in poor countries, he thinks, mobile
phones are fast becoming the main communications tool, schoolbook,
vaccination record, family album and many other things."