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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Flu Patients Blogging and Reporting

A good overview of infodemiology, or using information on the Internet to report and track disease outbreaks. Blogs are good, but faster and simpler social networks may make this even easier to do. Also mentioned, Google's Flu Trends, which I had not seen much about lately. Related, an IPhone app called Healthmap: Outbreaks Near me reports on geographically close outbreaks and also allows you to report occurrences as well. An epidemically augmented reality. Ultimately this kind of mobile data update could result in near real time analyses of outbreaks and their spread. Also, in Wired: other information gathering tools.

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