MappyHealth is the winner of a Department of Health and Human Services challenge for software that uses social media to track disease outbreaks in real time.

Thirty-three developers submitted applications to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, with the winner getting $21,000. MappyHealth is a Web-based application that uses open-source Twitter data to show the top five trending illnesses during the past 24 hours in a given geographic location.

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