Sunday, April 14, 2013

Five Social Media Tools Fight Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared an influenza epidemic this year last week, confirming what thousands of patients suffering could be expected . This does not mean that public health officials are clueless. The problem almost always works epidemiological data from a few weeks old. When you spread a fast-moving flu bug, often mutating as it goes, to cut the lag time is essential to effectively combat the flu. Flu claims 250,000 to 500,000 lives each year and undermine the productivity of labor to the tune of $ 87 billion in U.S. alone.Increasingly, health officials will be on the computer to catch the flu coders in real time. Google Flu Trends (GOOG) became a star when it accurately reported the severity of the flu season in 2009 almost two weeks before the CDC. Its method of data crunching of search queries for flu-related areas has been hailed as a significant breakthrough in the early detection of infectious diseases.The severity of the 2012-13 flu season proved favorable for further epidemiological and coders. This winter we use Twitter and Facebook (FB) to complain about cold symptoms us in record numbers, and all of the public, sought help moaning flu tracker arm themselves against the next big Flare and track the virus in the developing world where information is a virus It is very rare. "I strongly believe that our investment made in this area will return us to a multiple of the euro and the life," said Pasi Penttinen, Epidemic Intelligence Section Head at the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.Here five an interesting tool to track Penttinen said he and his team are using and / or following to speed up the flow of information in the fight against flu. He lamented that many of the tools will not work properly study the non-English world. However, he warned, the public health agencies to follow them and you should, too.Google Flu Trends: Launched in November 2008 by Google's philanthropic arm,, Google Flu Trends provides " near real-time estimates "of influenza activity in 29 countries to national and regional levels. Google Flu crunches flu-related search data, compare them against the historical ground level of flu activity data provided by the national center for disease control. Then map the two sets of data, the labeling area is minimal, low, moderate, high, or extreme. Regarding the accuracy of mapping, Google said it had been "very consistent with traditional surveillance data collected by health authorities," a statement backed up by independent researchers.DIZIE:Developed by Nigel Collier, a computational linguist at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, tap DIZIE Twitter API data to analyze and map the tweets from people describing their ailments. DIZIE a global map, the emphasis on the tweets from users in 43 cities around the world, from Amsterdam to Tuscon, Ariz. "We expect that the change in the number of tweets can be used to quickly locate potential spread of disease, "explains the founder. For example, the biggest complaint in Pittsburgh right now? Gastrointenstinal, charts.MappyHealth DIZIE say this: ". STD "Similar to DIZIE, MappyHealth reviewed more than 5.2 million tweets that match one of 27 health conditions, from flu gastroenteritis generic-but-fun site with scrolling ticker that tells you swing the disease every day around the chat disease and break the 20 cities where the complaint was at the top. It was developed by three of informatics specialists, one of the founders is a student at George Washington University.HealthMap:Formed in 2006 by a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers from Children's Hospital Boston, HealthMap uses online news aggregator, witness reports, expert-curated discussions, and authenticated by the official reports to map the spread of infectious disease outbreaks. It is also available as a mobile application, the prevalence Near Me. Funded in part by, HealthMap has collaborated with the Department of Health and Human Services to map seasonal and H1N1 influenza USFlu Near You: A team from Children's Hospital Boston developed a web-based tool, Flu Near You, in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. More than 44,000 registered users agreed to complete the weekly surveys about their health conditions to develop a comprehensive database for health officials to more accurately track the community through community influenza outbreaks before , while, and then press.

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