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Predict & Beat Dengue

The end of dengue is near. Who would have thought that data would be the answer? #webeatdengue

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13 APRIL 2016

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Predict & Beat Dengue

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medicine, technology, dengue

Hi, this is Dr. Dhesi and Rainier Mallol. Together, we want to find an efficient way to control dengue outbreaks using artificial intelligence. We plan to create an app using this approach that will allow us to predict the next dengue outbreak 3 months in advance. With your support, Malaysia will be the first country to enjoy this innovative approach to combat dengue. This app will be the first of its kind and the best part of it is that the app is FREE for all Malaysians to use.

The minds behind the dengue prediction app.

Here are a few facts about dengue.

Did you know that there are 400 million cases reported annually? Malaysia itself is seeing an upward pattern in both dengue cases and deaths. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010 reported that dengue-affected countries spend an average of USD 440 million per year dealing with this menace. They have tried numerous ways to deal with dengue without success, and we believe that using data is the best way.

So how does this app work?

We’ve developed something called AIME (Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology). It’s a disease-prediction mobile platform that employs technology and data to predict deadly disease outbreaks. We use both machine learning and artificial intelligence in the prediction engine, combined with heavy epidemiological research and public-health best practices to help identify and limit the effects of deadly outbreaks in advance. Yes, in advance. We intend to turn this tool into an app for the first time to be used in Malaysia, and then open it up to other countries that can benefit from it too.

AIME: A disease-prediction mobile platform that employs technology and data to predict deadly disease outbreaks up to 3 months in advance.

Our experience with beating dengue thus far.

Our flagship Dengue Outbreak Prediction platform, with over 2 years in development, was the first such project deployed in Malaysia and Brazil. Its implementation was a success, proving capable of predicting outbreaks up to 3 months in advance and locating them up to a 400 meter radius with an accuracy of 88.7% in Malaysia and 84.6% in Rio de Janeiro.

The reason why we are creating an app.

By now, everybody probably knows someone who has suffered from dengue, but where does that data go? We believe that our current reactionary methods in dealing with disease outbreaks are insufficient and costly. That is why we embarked on this mission to create technology that will help us predict and possibly prevent an outbreak. The app will allow you and everybody to input data and improve the accuracy of the next outbreak. If you, your friend or anyone in your family has been affected by dengue, your case can be keyed into the app. This will help the app to locate the next outbreak even more accurately. The more people participate, the better it’ll get – which is why we’re reaching out to the community for support.

What we want to achieve.

First of all, we want to create this innovative app and make it available for free to download. It will also include tips and preventive measures for dengue. We hope that by crowdsourcing data from the community, we will help people to be more aware of dengue. This powerful app will also provide the authorities with critical information about where and when an outbreak is likely to occur. This will help them take necessary action like warning the public and clearing potential breeding sites, which would help prevent the spread of disease and save lives. It could also mean greater healthcare savings for both the government and the public.

Using crowdsourcing to help the app locate, predict and prevent dengue outbreaks.

This isn’t our first walk in the park with artificial intelligence.

Dr Dhesi I’m attached with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. I’ve had the opportunity to invent multiple Artificial Intelligence Health Programs that include ‘I-DAFTAR’, an autonomous system that schedules patient appointments and ‘I-KELAHIRAN’, which organizes birth data and tracks high-risk pregnancies. I’m also the founder of Malaysian Medical Gazette, a leading online health portal. Rainier Mallol I’ve been fortunate to be the co-founder and COO of AIME. My passion is in creating new technologies to positively impact people’s lives. With AIME, I’ve started tackling life threatening diseases, specifically Dengue and Zika. Now, we’re aiding the government of Sao Paulo in Brazil in tackling diseases more efficiently. We’ve been awarded titles such as: Best Health Startup in Latin America and Channel NewsAsia Top 8 startups in Southeast Asia. As healthcare professionals, we believe in taking responsibility for the alarming number of dengue cases that occur every year. With AIME, we don’t have to stand on the side lines watching helplessly, but can instead take strong proactive measures and hopefully end the war on dengue once and for all in Malaysia with this app.

Rainier Mallol (Far right) & Dr. Dhesi (2nd from right) doing dengue surveillance with locals in Brazil.

What happens after you unlock our project?

Phase 1 – Design (2 weeks): 12nd May – 26th May • Design of Mobile Screens in both platforms to be developed (Android and iOS) • Design of web interfaces for Public Health Officers and for Q&A Sessions • All of the operations in the design stage will have the guidelines of an onboard Public Health Officer so that it is not only good and pretty, but also effective • Database Design, with Back-end developers: Definition of entities, tables and backbone • Data Model Design, with Data Scientists: Definition of Specific Features that will be obtained with the app, and how, together with the database, need to be developed • Front-end research and tests: Front-end engineers will start implementing the features of the app regardless of the design Phase 2 – Development (10 weeks): 27th May – 5th August • Front-end engineers will take the designed interfaces and create the front-end of the app • Back-end engineers and Data Scientists will work on the APIs needed to communicate the front-end with the back-end, and its database • Once all of the APIs are developed, and once all of the interfaces are implemented in the app platforms, the engineers will then link the front-end with the back-end • After everything has been tested, the app will be ready for a beta release • After all beta release tests are done, the app will be deployed Phase 3 - Maintenance (8 weeks): 6th August – 1st October • A reduced team will take care of all the maintenance and tests needed for the app to be alive and functioning correctly If we can unlock this in a month’s time, we target to get the app ready for FREE Downloads on iOS and Android platforms in Malaysia by October 2016. To find out more about AIME or read related articles on us visit

"Millions are more likely to die in the next few decades not due to war or missles but infectious disease. Let's start by beating dengue today!"

by Dhesi Baha Raja

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