Jul
13
2008

Healthmap points out disease outbreaks

HealthMap screen capture
HealthMap screen captureCourtesy Art Oglesby

Want a warning about disease outbreaks?

With the internet's new capabilities, new information is highly contagious. The web is increasingly being used to exchange information about public health and disease outbreaks. Now, thanks to HealthMap anyone can track where and when infectious disease outbreaks are occurring.

Web crawlers, automated translation, GIS mapmaking, ISP tracking, and cell phone imagery have created a world where, for good or ill, rumors of outbreaks outpace confirmation. The Journal of Life Sciences

Colored pins point to disease outbreaks

Using what is often referred to as Web 2.0 dynamics, Healthmap.org crawls the internet for disease outbreak information, integrating information from various sources like Google News, ProMED, and World Health Organization disease alerts. Through an automated text processing system, the data is sorted by disease and overlayed by location on top of Google Maps.

Want to learn more about HealthMap?

HealthMap was created by Clark Freifeld and John Brownstein through Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP) at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. Click this link to view a presentation about HealthMap given at a Georeferencing Workshop at Harvard, March 21, 2008 by John Brownstein.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Kyra's picture
Kyra says:

Fever and mucus

posted on Fri, 07/18/2008 - 5:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

So I was wondering if i were to visit a country where a disease has been found would i beable to geta vaccine?

posted on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 3:19pm
Ahmed's picture
Ahmed says:

The answer is both, prbboaly?Ten years ago I believed there had to be a genetic disposition in order to develop type 2 diabetes, now I believe that lifestyle and/or genetics can bring the disease on. There are numerous studies that show people who have no history of diabetes in their families are developing the disease but to be fair it isn't always possible to know if their is a family history of diabetes since many are never diagnosed and/or are not telling anyone they have it.That site that Mz Lamb gave is outdated, it hasn't changed or been updated in 6 years that I know of.

posted on Sat, 08/11/2012 - 2:00am

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