New Huffington Post Blog: Alessandro Vespignani on Computing and the Fight against Epidemics
January 31, 2017
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In his January 18 post Computing and the Fight against Epidemics, Northeastern University's Alessandro Vespignani says that in the last two decades, infectious diseases have made an alarming comeback, with hundreds of newly emergent or re-emergent pathogens rallying against humankind. While public health data collected through traditional surveillance systems are still indispensable, a new era of opportunities has been ushered in by the availability of big data streams, such as electronic health records, social media, Internet, mobile phones, and remote sensors.
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