Mobile phones could reduce disease outbreaks in PNG

A pilot mobile phone-based syndromic surveillance system was set up nationwide, with reporting from designated staff at outpatient clinics and district health centres.

Evaluation by researchers from the World Health Organization, Australia and Papua New Guinea found that the new system was more timely (2.4 vs 84 days), complete (70% vs 40%), and sensitive (95% vs 26%), compared to the existing surveillance systems based on hospital and ad hoc reports.

Emerg Infect Dis 2013; in press