Originally Posted by drfacefixer
There are multiple agencies tracking this every single day. Actually some of the best data analytics are coming from non medical like googles experimental divisions . Medical informatics and traditional epidemiology are stronger now than ever before. We can track with high accuracy outbreaks before they happen based on web searches, phone texts with gps location- knowing who is talking to who is a great estimation of connections( yes there actually is beneficial reasons for data harvesting other than focused advertising ...technology is doing what agents used to have to do in an actual meet and greet in the wake of an outbreak. Now we see trends heading towards via increase in data chatter. One that is directly available to you now is the HealthMap app. It sums up health threats based on frequency of publications and hits on certain topics based on location and then crosses it against logs of state and federal reportable disease occurrences. It's been helpful a few times to see exactly when the height of flu season was going to be in certain areas. And I've also found nearby cases of rabies outbreaks that I wouldn't have known about otherwise, because it wouldn't make bigger newscasts.
As usual, great information. I had not know about the data sharing and collection process for vital information, only knew marketing and spying. It is nice to know that some good is coming form it. Thanks for the info on healthmap. I had not know about that either.