An overview of Internet biosurveillance

Authors


Corresponding author: D. M. Hartley, Imaging Science and Information Systems Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, 2115 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 603, Washington, DC 20057, USA

E-mail: hartley@isis.georgetown.edu

Abstract

Internet biosurveillance utilizes unstructured data from diverse web-based sources to provide early warning and situational awareness of public health threats. The scope of source coverage ranges from local media in the vernacular to international media in widely read languages. Internet biosurveillance is a timely modality that is available to government and public health officials, healthcare workers, and the public and private sector, serving as a real-time complementary approach to traditional indicator-based public health disease surveillance methods. Internet biosurveillance also supports the broader activity of epidemic intelligence. This overview covers the current state of the field of Internet biosurveillance, and provides a perspective on the future of the field.

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