For too long now, doctors have had to use pen and paper, rather than any of the technology available to them when fighting some of the deadliest diseases. But when French organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) came to Google with the request of something they could work with, Google delivered.
They developed a tablet that is completely encased in polycarbonate, which can be soaked in chlorine for decontamination. Syncing with battery-powered servers outside the area’s they work in, which makes keeping track of patient info much more streamlined. What Google accomplished is a very polished design for passing the intense restrictions for biohazards. And it’s not just Ebola that the design is limited to, as it can be adapted for any future outbreaks. This won’t be a super exclusive benefit though, as Google and Médecins Sans Frontières are both working to open source the project, so anyone who could use this has that advantage easily.