An Ebola outbreak in West Africa in March 2014 rapidly grew into the deadliest incidence of the virus since its discovery in 1976. Within months, more than 25,000 documented cases of Ebola plagued Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. At least 10,000 died.
Containing the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa presented a challenge, to say the least. Imagine an aid worker in a HAZMAT suit, whose mission is to identify Ebola in a swarm of villagers while scrawling down information with a pencil and paper. It’s a very common scenario in countries that lack the technology to track, transmit, and share health data on infected versus vaccinated patients.