BALTIMORE, MD – January 29th, 2016 — Sickweather, developer of the world’s first real-time map of illness, has recently opened their cognitive API (application programming interface) for disease surveillance to outside developers. The Techstars community gets free access as a perk of the Techstars program.
Under the hood of Sickweather’s API is an emerging artificial intelligence called Nightingale: Sickweather’s data science engine for classifying public reports of illness from social media. This engine leverages Sickweather’s patent-pending disease surveillance technology and the largest illness crowdsourcing community of its kind, processing over 6 million reports of illness each month. Sickweather already powers features of Johnson & Johnson’s HealthyDay app, Swaive’s Smart Thermometer app, AccuWeather’s StoryTeller broadcasting television platform, and more.
“I’m excited to see what other healthcare and connected medical device companies in the Techstars network can do with our data and API,“ said Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. “As our world gets smaller and more connected, there is intense interest in the spread of disease and how it impacts our lives.”
Sickweather is a graduate of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars.
“It’s great to see Techstars alumni giving back to our network,” said Brad Feld, Co-founder of Techstars. “I love what Sickweather is doing!”
Developers outside of the Techstars network may also request access to Sickweather’s API here: http://www.sickweather.com/api
About Sickweather: Sickweather, Inc., a Baltimore-based company, provides real-time disease surveillance and forecasts for more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. In 2012, they were recognized among “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured on the TODAY Show for successfully identifying the early start of the 2012 Flu Season 6 weeks before the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In 2014, the startup company graduated from the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. For more information, please visit: http://www.sickweather.com
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