Google has designed a new device which is launched for use in Sierra called the Ebola-proof tablet. Google claims that this Android device can withstand chlorine dousing, high humidity and storms, and be used by medics wearing gloves to record vital patient information.
The Ebola Tablet can be used in conditions where even direct contact to chlorine wouldn't hamper the device in any way. The tablet can be operated by wearing gloves and has been especially developed by Google for health users working in Sierra.
The Android device which is developed using Sony Xperia's waterproof technology comes with an extra protective casing that allows doctors and medics to safely record and share the patient's temperatures and symptoms over weeks and days.
The manufacturers of the tablet PC claim that the device can withstand storms and high humidity that are common in the Ebola Zone in West Africa. The sharp edges of the device have been trimmed so that there's no risk of it piercing the protective clothing on the health workers. The device can be quickly charged as it is wireless charging enabled.
The idea of an Ebola-proof device first arrived to a Medecins Sans Frontieres doctor working in the organisation's treatment centre told his colleague in London.
"He was shouting through a mask at the end of his ward round to someone on the other side of the fence who was writing the notes down and then entering them in a patient record," said Ivan Gayton, MSF's technology adviser.
"It was error prone, exhausting and it wasted five or 10 minutes of the hour medics can spend fully dressed inside the protective zone before they collapse from heat exhaustion."