The RTBP – Collective Intelligence Driving Health for the User

The RTBP – Collective Intelligence Driving Health for the User

Nuwan Waidyanatha (LIRNEasia, China) and Sabrina Dekker (LIRNEasia, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1876-3.ch007
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The Real Time Biosurveillance Program (RTBP) Pilot, is an active collaboration between multipartners that is utilizing collective intelligence to improve rural health outcomes, in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, India. This paper presents how the RTBP is detecting, preventing, and therefore, improving the health systems of these two nations through the use of ICT to strengthen health reporting systems. It puts forth the challenges that the RTBP pilot has faced initially, and how they have been addressed. The RTBP is also differentiated from other mHealth initiatives by acknowledging how it is not disease specific and how it engages all stakeholders, from the receipients, the health workers, and the government.
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Real Time Biosurveillance: Health For The User By The Collective

This paper will present the case of the RTBP as collective intelligence creating a future where users are driving health care. Thus creating a health care system that is responsive to the needs of patients (and health workers) resulting in a reduction of outbreaks, improved diagnostic outomes and rapid responses. The definition of collective intelligence to be used in this paper, is one centred on the ideas of knowledge exchange and collaboration that leads to improvement.

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