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Old 07-08-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathé is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media.

Infectious disease research gets a boost from websites, blogs, and social media

Marcel Salathé, Clark C. Freifeld, Sumiko R. Mekaru, Anna F. Tomasulo, John S. Brownstein. Influenza A (H7N9) and the Importance of Digital Epidemiology. New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; 130703140022001 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1307752
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This is exactly what Dr. Peter Diamandis talks about in his book Abundance and is help reaching with the X Prize on the Tricorder. This should help end pandemics before they start.

This is the description from their web page:

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making reliable health diagnoses available directly to "health consumers" in their homes.

The dire need for improvements in health and healthcare in the U.S. has captured the attention of government, industry, and private citizens for years. But a viable solution has yet evaded one of the most technologically advanced, educated and prosperous nations on the globe. Integrated diagnostic technology, once available on a consumer mobile device that is easy to use, will allow individuals to incorporate health knowledge and decision-making into their daily lives.

Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, wireless sensing, imaging diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, and molecular biology will enable better choices in when, where, and how individuals receive care, thus making healthcare more convenient, affordable, and accessible. The winner will be the team whose technology most accurately diagnoses a set of diseases independent of a healthcare professional or facility, and that provides the best consumer user experience with their device.

The link: Overview | Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE
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