AI Case Study

HealthMap analyses social media and publicly available healthcare data to detect and predict outbreaks around the globe

Healthmap uses data from social media to monitor information about disease outbreaks and emerging health threats. They combine this with public sources such as memos, CDC websites, google news etc to monitor outbreaks in real-time and alert public.

Industry

Healthcare

Healthcare Providers And Services

Project Overview

"HealthMap, utilises online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site 'healthmap.org' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats... Alert sources include WHO, Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, Geo Sentinel, CDC, Google news etc".

Reported Results

Results undisclosed

Technology

Fisher-Robinson Bayesian filtering

Function

Strategy

Data Science

Background

HealthMap is a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital founded in 2006.

Benefits

Risk reduction - Real time awareness

Data

Website data, social media data