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Borboleta: integrated mobile system for home healthcare

Grant number: 07/54479-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2007 - July 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science
Cooperation agreement: Microsoft Research
Principal Investigator:Fabio Kon
Grantee:Fabio Kon
Home Institution: Instituto de Matemática e Estatística (IME). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The Brazilian public health system takes care of the health of 140 million citizens. In this context, recent public programs targeted at the provision of preventive medicine at the homes of low income people have proven to be very effective in improving public health with a relatively low cost. However, in their current versions these programs have no support from Information Technology, leading to loss of agility and loss of valuable information. The goal of the Borboleta Project is to investigate novel software tools and IT methodologies to support public homecare programs, focusing on mobile applications for smartphones used by health professionals and a sophisticated multimedia database hosted on the Primary Healthcare Centers. (AU)