HP Partners With Nonprofit To Help Detect Malaria Outbreaks, Improve Health Monitoring In Botswana

Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced it will provide “smartphones and cloud computing technology to nonprofit group Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING)” to help improve health monitoring and malaria detection in Botswana, Venture Beat reports (Takahashi, 6/6). Through the partnership, HP will equip health workers with “with HP Palm Pre 2 cell phones to gather malaria data via an app and upload the information to the cloud,” Fast Company reports. “Workers can also tag data with pictures, video, and audio. When it becomes clear that roving rural health-care workers have spotted enough individual malaria cases to signal an outbreak, Ministry of Health officials and other health workers in the area will be notified via text message” (Schwartz, 6/6).