healthmap;aggregating health data

I saw an interesting site on the news today called healthmap.

Healthmap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).

The alerts posted are not meant to be used as surveillance data, however they do give an interesting picture of some diseases that are present in certain areas. Many regions in the US are using automated syndromic surveillance which allows a very comprehensive analysis of disease syndromes present in the community. This data is not always available to the general public. Reporting data sources such as news reports , personal accounts such as ProMED, and and validated health alerts allows the general public to have a picture of some of the disease existing in a region. The links allow the reader to learn more about the particular disease of interest. I applaude healthmap for bringing disease surviellance to the public.

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3 Responses to healthmap;aggregating health data

  1. dave says:

    Ok, that is pretty interesting. It is about time somebody did something with all those ProMED postings.

  2. Mike says:

    Looks good Dr. Love!

    Do public health officials have dashboards like this that pull in syndromic data? Do states share anonymized data?

  3. suelove says:

    Syndromic surveillance captures and analyzes public health indicators for early detection of disease outbreaks. Some systems analyze data automatically across districts, regions and the state
    Below is a link to one widely used system
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwR/preview/mmwrhtml/su5301a30.htm

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