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Tackling the Next Epidemic: Data Technology to the Rescue

Dylan George & Tara O'Toole, B.Next

We live in an era of increasingly frequent and impactful infectious disease outbreaks. Naturally occurring outbreaks will have significant regional and international security implications for the foreseeable future, given the negative impacts (i.e., death, societal disruption, and economic costs) of such events. We also live in an information era. Integrating novel and available data technologies into public health practice will improve situational awareness, help shape outbreak interventions more precisely, facilitate faster and more efficient response activities, and save lives. To realize these efficiencies, federal, state and local public health agencies need a fundamentally more aggressive and systematic adoption, use and coordination of data technologies to provide essential information for tailoring interventions during an outbreak. Current and emerging data technologies can help tackle the next epidemic.

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