Winner of the third edition of the Arkathon, one of the largest health hackathons in Switzerland, co-organized by the Ark Foundation and Swiss Digital Health, the Fever Travel App project continues its ascent! This diagnostic solution, developed by Wavemind and Unisanté, is currently being used in developing countries to improve the treatment of children aged 0 to 15 years and thus prevent antibiotic resistance.
On the occasion of the 2017 Health Informatics Marathon, the Arkathon, Romain Therisod, Alain Fresco, Muaz Ganiji, Toni Dias and Mohamed Triki created the Fever Travel App to address a problem proposed by Prof. Valérie D’Acremont, deputy head of the Center for Vaccinations and Travel Medicine at the University Medical Policlinic of Lausanne (PMU) – now UniSanté.
The goal of the first prototype, which was developed during the Arkathon, was to quickly diagnose carriers of tropical diseases using an innovative computer platform. Today, the digital solution has grown to meet concrete humanitarian needs.
Preventing antibiotic prescriptions through diagnostic assistance
Due to the lack of material resources in health care centers in developing countries and the lack of knowledge to correctly diagnose their patients, inappropriate prescription of antibiotics can occur. In order to determine when antibiotics are really needed, the digital diagnostic solution, carried by the same team that gave birth to the project (Wavemind and UniSanté), is articulated in the form of a simple and intuitive web application that defines the questions to be asked during a consultation (for example, symptoms to be analyzed, measurements to be taken, or clinical tests to be performed) and offers elements of decision to the doctors on site.
This project is now mainly aimed at consultations on children aged 0 to 15 years, as they represent the population most affected by antibiotic resistance.
The Arkathon: a health hackathon
The Hacking Health Valais Arkathon is a digital health hackathon organized jointly by The Ark Foundation and the Swiss Digital Health Association, in partnership with the global Hacking Health network. Organized every year for the past six years (2015 to 2020), this health hackathon brings together, throughout a weekend, more than fifty developers, designers and health professionals to co-design solutions that will shape the health of tomorrow.