HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Children’s Hospital Boston founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilising 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, organises, integrates, filters, visualises and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.
To track infectious dieseases visit: http://healthmap.org/en/
To watch a short video summary: http://vimeo.com/27433633
Registration is free and takes just a few seconds, then you can also utilise mobile apps or simply visit the site on line.