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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 88

GPS COVID-19 tracker - Applied informatics technology for prevention of disease spreading

1 Private Academic Researcher, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission28-Mar-2020
Date of Acceptance08-May-2020
Date of Web Publication09-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Rujttika Mungmunpuntipantip
Private Academic Researcher, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_152_20

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. GPS COVID-19 tracker - Applied informatics technology for prevention of disease spreading. Int J Prev Med 2020;11:88

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. GPS COVID-19 tracker - Applied informatics technology for prevention of disease spreading. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Oct 3];11:88. Available from: https://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2020/11/1/88/289258

Dear Editor

Applied Health Informatics to support for outbreak management is very interesting. Reeves et al. concluded that using electronic computational tool is “an essential tool in supporting the clinical needs of a health system managing the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]” It is no doubt that the informatics tool is very important for crisis management. Here, the authors would like to introduce new freely app for tracking of disease that was firstly developed in Thailand. The online version is accessible at https://covidtracker. 5lab.co/. This bioinformatics app present updates GPS data on infected case, suspicious case, death case and confirmed negative case in Thailand [Figure 1]. Also, the dirty contaminated place as well as disinfected place is also presented. The data are displayed in three languages: Mandarin, Thai and English. This tool is a good example of applied informatics technology to fight disease outbreak. It can be a model for further development in any settings. It can support the primary prevention concept and take oneself away from the risk area.
Figure 1: Example of cropped display screen of COVID-19 GPS tracking tool (accessible on 28th March 2020, 11.56 + 7.00 GMT)

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Nevertheless, it should note that the internet signal is not available in every area. In our country, Thailand, the second country that the disease has been occurred since early January 2020,[2] the computer and informatics system is limited in many rural areas. Many poor people still have no chance and affordability to use internet mobile app. The barrier due to cost might be a common problem in many developing countries worldwide. In addition, in remote areas, there are usually limited people who have knowledge on informatics that can help solve the problem of system disruption due to high volume of using during outbreak crisis. Finally, a simple consideration is the general people might have no time to assess internet when he/she falls in the crisis of heavy outbreak that the data is abruptly changed.

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Reeves JJ, Hollandsworth HM, Torriani FJ, Taplitz R, Abeles S, Tai-Seale M, et al. Rapid response to COVID-19: Health informatics support for outbreak management in an academic health system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2020. pii: ocaa037. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa037. [Epub ahead of print].  Back to cited text no. 1
Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Editorial: Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and imported case. Adv Trop Med Pub Health Int 2020;10:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 2


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