When app developers had children in China using an iThermometer and the accompanying app Thermia, they were able to predict an outbreak of flu over a month before the findings of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China.

‘Clinical reports lead to delays in confirming a flu outbreak. Furthermore, the lack of availability of this health information forms a block in the rapid identification of outbreaks", says John Brownstein, one of the initiators of the project and linked to the Boston Children's Hospital. According to Brownstein, apps like Thermia are a very inexpensive and easily accessible way of being able to predict outbreaks of sickness from a distance.

Read more about this on the Health Intelligence website.