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Google supports the fight against the ball with a tablet for health workers

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Google supports the fight against the ball with a tablet for health workers

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March 23, 2015

Google It has once again revealed one of the primitive ideas that gave rise to its creation and which, according to its founders, has always been an intrinsic characteristic of the company: to seek improve people's lives. The Mountain View giant has developed a tablet with special qualities intended to be used by health workers who act in the areas affected by the Ebola epidemic, helping them to carry out their work and therefore, providing a grain of sand in the fight against this disease that continues to skew lives in the African continent.

Although the media no longer echo the figures regularly, although in Spain it is no longer an important issue and has ceased to concern the great majority of citizens, the Ebola epidemic that ravages a part of Africa is still very much in force. Total there are more than 10,000 people who have died for the devastating effects of this disease that is far from being controlled. To this we must add the shortage of means and very poor conditions in which many inhabitants of these countries survive and in which the health personnel perform their work.

Jay Achar He is one of these professionals who deals with patients in an improvised hospital in Sierra Leone. Wired explains the complicated and rudimentary method they used to take notes on the evolution of quarantined patients. One of the doctors is equipped with suit, gloves, mask and glasses to avoid getting the virus. For an hour (they can't take it anymore because of the high temperatures) record the news in a paper that, before leaving the area, dictates to a partner and then destroys it by burning it.

One way to avoid risks, since the paper itself may be sufficient to become infected. Responding to Achar's call and within his charitable project program Google.org, the Californian company has developed a special tablet that greatly facilitates this work carried out daily by caregivers, nurses and doctors.

Tablet Features

The tablet uses the operating system Android and allows staff to record all information and send it abroad through a wireless connection, a common technology for many of us but difficult to access in West Africa today. In addition, the tablet developed by Google is covered with a polycarbonate that allows it to be immersed in chlorine without suffering any damage, in this way, a 10-minute bath will be enough to be able to remove it from the area with those infected. On a structural level, remove any sharp edge that can damage the clothing that protects the people who wear it and is Ready for use with gloves.

Dr. Eric D. Perakslis, a member of the department of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School, has followed the project closely and believes that “It's very impressive, and it's unique”. Also trust that they can freely share hardware and software designs, to adapt this technology to other areas affected by different diseases, as well as to carry out related medical research projects.