Digital	 Epidemiology
It’s the science of conducting
epidemiologic studies using
data coming from digital tools
and sensors, eg the internet or
...
Possible Applications
• People movements during outbreaks
• Unusual diseases manifestations in
remote places
• Real time i...
Real Examples
Chunara R, Bouton L, Ayers JW, Brownstein JS (2013)
Assessing the Online Social Environment for Surveillance of
Obesity Pr...
Bengtsson L, Lu X, Thorson A, Garfield R, von Schreeb J (2011)
Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks by Tracking
Pop...
Jeremy Ginsberg1, Matthew H. Mohebbi1, Rajan S. Patel1, Lynnette Brammer2, Mark
S. Smolinski1 & Larry Brilliant1
Detecting...
Online Tools
• Influweb
• Google Flu Trends
• Health map
Our Work
• Twitter flu trends
• Allergy trends
• Maternal Health Monitor
• Vaccination Confidence
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Introduction to Digital Epidemiology at the IFMSA preGA 2014 Hammamet

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Digital Epidemiology

  1. 1. Digital Epidemiology
  2. 2. It’s the science of conducting epidemiologic studies using data coming from digital tools and sensors, eg the internet or the smartphones.
  3. 3. Possible Applications • People movements during outbreaks • Unusual diseases manifestations in remote places • Real time influenza monitoring • Vaccination confidence • Information monitoring
  4. 4. Real Examples
  5. 5. Chunara R, Bouton L, Ayers JW, Brownstein JS (2013) Assessing the Online Social Environment for Surveillance of Obesity Prevalence. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61373. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061373
  6. 6. Bengtsson L, Lu X, Thorson A, Garfield R, von Schreeb J (2011) Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks by Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Phone Network Data: A Post- Earthquake Geospatial Study in Haiti. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001083. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001083
  7. 7. Jeremy Ginsberg1, Matthew H. Mohebbi1, Rajan S. Patel1, Lynnette Brammer2, Mark S. Smolinski1 & Larry Brilliant1 Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data Nature 457: 1012–1014 doi:10.1038/nature07634.
  8. 8. Online Tools • Influweb • Google Flu Trends • Health map
  9. 9. Our Work • Twitter flu trends • Allergy trends • Maternal Health Monitor • Vaccination Confidence
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