What’s in a fever? New app casts wide net for data

feverprints asks "what's in a fever?"“Do you have a fever?” Seems like a simple, straightforward question to ask someone.  The answer is either “yes” or “no,” and the criteria are clear-cut.  Right?

Actually, what constitutes a fever is quite subjective, and the diagnostic science is inexact.

Jared Hawkins, MMSc, PhD, the director of Informatics for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA), says that a number of factors — including age, size, and time of day — can influence a person’s “normal” temperature.

In collaboration with the Boston Children’s Autoinflammatory Diseases Clinic, IDHA has designed a free i-Phone application that captures temperature data from the public and applies the crowdsourcing model to science. The app, called “Feverprints,” uses Apple’s ResearchKit to aggregate and analyze the data to answer questions that will advance fever research.

Learn more about this innovation on our sister blog, Vector.

Read Vector’s coverage of Feverprints.