Data derived from health records, Internet resources, and social media is being used to combat infectious diseases and deadly outbreaks.
The White House has released a report that outlines an anticipatory, and data-driven approach to emerging infectious diseases.
Investigators have advocated for the use of hybrid systems which combine traditional disease surveillance with big data analytics.
Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest healthcare group, is using an analytics solution that analyzes clinical information in conjunction with microbiology information, laboratory information, and antibiotic information to control hospital acquired infections.
Genetic researchers have used big data to map HIV epidemics – now they hope that same technique can be used to respond to outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and flu in real time.
Digital technologies are now being used for things like deep-learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to mine information from sources that are otherwise useless or inaccessible.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with Lockheed Martin, cut the process time for infectious disease data analysis from months to days with a cloud-based toolkit.
Sensors and Cloud technology aid in biosecurity.
This report offers the thoughts of a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the security implications of big data and the need for security in the life sciences.
Big data, is providing public health practitioners with new tools to predict and prevent disease outbreaks.