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Table 4 Mobile phone-based studies by purpose and mobile technology category

From: The use of mobile phones for the prevention and control of arboviral diseases: a scoping review

Purpose Specific aims in mobile phones Mobile phone
Service
Application or system’ names/Mobile phone projects References
surveillance
(n = 25 studies)
Data collection and reporting cases/ mosquitoes /symptoms to tracking and monitor disease and outbreaks
Geolocation of users or breeding sites to identify hotspots
Estimation of human movements to predict outbreaks or possible risk areas
Capturing vector’ photos, images or sounds to identify mosquito species
mobile apps
(n=15)
VECTOS system; aOlympTRIP app; Google maps®app; Vigilant-e app; Mosquito Alert; aMo-Buzz; cMI-Dengue system, Healthy cup app; Abuzz project; Mobile device with OruxMaps, AutoNavi navigation and Baidu Map; aMonitoring app in Fiji; bChaak system [53, 55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,66, 69, 70]
SMS
(n=5)
SMS survey in four countries; SMS for IDSR system in Madagascar; bmSOS project; SMS for sentinel surveillance [71,72,73,74,75]
Mobile phone tracking data
(n=4)
Two studies using CDR in Singapore; mobile phone signals (SS7) in China; CDR in Pakistan [84,85,86,87]
camera phone
(n=1)
Smartphone imaged LAMP-OSD assay [82]
Prevention
(n = 7)
Health education
Promotion of behaviour change in population
mobile apps
(n=5)
m-learning platform, aOlympTRIP; aMo-buzz; aMonitoring app in Fiji Mobile social app in India [54, 55, 59, 66, 67]
SMS
(n=2)
SMS conducted in Nepal; SMS conducted in Perú [76, 77]
Diagnosis
(n = 6)
Point-of-care diagnosis for detecting viruses of dengue, Zika and chikungunya camera phone
(n=5)
Four diagnostic studies using smartphone camera in USA and one in China [78,79,80,81, 83]
mobile app
(n=1)
Mobile app for image processing in Malaysia [68]
Management
(n = 1)
Communication between health staff and patients for timely diagnosis simple mobile communication
(n = 1)
Contact using mobile phone number of patients in India [88]
  1. aMobile phone projects addressing both surveillance and prevention; bThe same mobile phone tool used in two studies; c The same mobile phone tool used in three studies