We are helping to build the ultimate dengue tracking system – and we need you.
Breaking dengue fever is one of the public health challenges of our time. The World Health Organisation says rapidly detection of outbreaks is essential to reducing the staggering human and economic costs of dengue fever.
The challenge is immense but digital technology – and a little help from you – will be a game-changer.
“We now have access to more data than ever before,” says Dr Mauricio Santillana from the HealthMap team at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr Santillana’s team is pulling together information from Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, clinicians’ databases and crowd-sourced diseases surveillance tools. HealthMap’s approach is already yielding results, accurately predicting dengue fever cases. The more data we can collect, the more accurate the system will be.
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This is where you come in
Break Dengue is supporting HealthMap to translate big data into meaningful information through our new Dengue Track initiative.
This online interactive tool collects information about dengue outbreaks and offers tailored advice to reduce the spread of the disease.
The 4Vs of big dengue data
Together, we can add an unprecedented volume of data that adds crowd surveillance to data from social media, search engines to existing official data. This variety of sources offers a more 360˚ view of the disease.
Not only that, but it does it fast. The velocity of data collection and processing allows for modelling and targeted alert systems in close to real time. And, perhaps most importantly, this multi-layered approach delivers veracity. The model is more accurate because the volume and variety of data sources helps to correct errors that may arise in any individual source.