Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Crowdsourcing for disease surveillance

Using the internet to predict and prevent epidemics in developing countries? Wow. This is indeed Doing Good. Using technology and innovative research for genuine betterment of people. Research has shown that what people search for and say online can reflect and even predict outbreaks. Now we know internet subscribers and users in India will grow to more than 240 million by the end of 2012. Can we extend the reach of internet and technology to stay ahead of infectious diseases?

Can we see Ranbaxy, Dr. Reddy's, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi Aventis playing a lead role in collaboration with Google, Microsoft Bing etc along with the WHO, UN and local govt. It will indeed be a breakthrough development in countries like our Indian Sub-continent and the Sub Saharan Africa.

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