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App sends diagnosis and treatment options by SMS

For the Disrupt Hackathon in London, researchers at the University of Cambridge developed the "MedicSMS" app, which allows users to draw on IBM's Watson supercomputer to get answers to medical and health treatment options. It is primarily aimed at people in developing countries who have mobile telephones but often limited healthcare access. Users send a text message describing their symptoms and the app returns a diagnosis suggestion and treatment options. The system also tracks users' locations to help identity epidemic outbreaks early.

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