Outbreaks of infectious diseases at mass gatherings can strain the health system of the host region and pose a threat to local and global health. In addition to strengthening existing surveillance systems, most host nations also use novel technologies to assess disease risk and augment traditional surveillance approaches. We review novel approaches to disease surveillance using the Internet, mobile phone applications, and wireless sensor networks. These novel approaches to disease surveillance can result in prompt detection.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.cmi.2014.12.017

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Publisher

Elsevier: 12 months

Publication Date

02/2015

Volume

21

Pages

134 - 140

Addresses

Children's Hospital Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital, MA, USA; Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: onelaine@vt.edu.

Keywords

Humans, Communicable Diseases, Data Collection, Infection Control, Automatic Data Processing, Internet, Wireless Technology, Epidemiological Monitoring, Cell Phones