Five Ways Big Data is Transforming Epidemics

Big data and analytical tools have transformed every industry from healthcare to retail to government, and now are transforming the way epidemics are approached.

Infectious diseases inflict a tremendous human and economic toll. The Zika virus alone could cost Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion according to the United Nations.When it comes to epidemics, we as a society suffer from a lack of timely data, disparate datasets that are difficult to collate, and a shortage of people with computational backgrounds who are involved in epidemic planning, mitigation, and response.

Author: Nita Madhav


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