During epidemic outbreaks of infectious diseases, official figures on the spread of disease can often take weeks to be collected and released, delaying epidemiologic assessment. Informal media sources have been shown to be accurate metrics for “predicting present activity” in economics, sales, disease prevalence, and consumer activity. Recently, researchers looked into using similar methods in times of disease outbreak. They studied the correlation between formal government reported cholera cases and those collected by informal sources on the internet during the Haitian cholera outbreak of 2010.
Live coverage of investor day at Chicago-based Healthbox digital health accelerator curated from Twitter.
The DHHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announces the Now Trending Challenge for public health data mining on twitter.
by: Perry W. Payne, Jr., MD/JD/MPP The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced a new challenge called: “Now Trending: #Health in My Community, Following Disease Trends 140 characters at a time.” The “Now Trending” Challenge was created by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in response […]
Part 2 of a 2 part series discussing social media and its impact on health care
As international relief efforts ramp up in Haiti, we are reminded of how fragile society is in many parts of the world. With shanty towns scattered around Port-au-Prince, a health and public services infrastructure devastated by years of natural and human disasters, and a centralized leadership that was only recently beginning to establish legitimacy, the […]
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