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  • GHIN, GODSN & internet news surveillance

    The first of the abstracts below appeared on my Biomail auto search of PubMed on "pandemic".

    I've never heard of or seen GODSN. GHIN costs $ to join.

    Where does FT fit into this internet-based environment? What are the comparisons and contrasts among these services?



    : AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;:983. Links
    GODSN: Global News Driven Disease Outbreak and Surveillance.
    ? Khan SA,
    ? Patel CO,
    ? Kukafka R.
    Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.
    Disease surveillance has evolved dramatically in the last few years, becoming more real-time, comprehensive and technology driven. As the Internet grows and evolves as a powerful information medium, the ability to mine real-time news feeds for disease surveillance has become viable. We propose a system, GODSN that monitors global news for disease outbreaks and surveillance. The system processes real-time news feeds using natural language processing to obtain disease information and the geographical reference to plot them on a geographic information system. GODSN provides an effective approach to visualize the spatial and temporal trends of infectious disease outbreaks or disease specific developments.
    PMID: 17238602 [PubMed - in process]

    Can J Public Health. 2006 Jan-Feb;97(1):42-4. Links
    The Global Public Health Intelligence Network and early warning outbreak detection: a Canadian contribution to global public health.
    ? Mykhalovskiy E,
    ? Weir L.
    Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    The recent SARS epidemic has renewed widespread concerns about the global transmission of infectious diseases. In this commentary, we explore novel approaches to global infectious disease surveillance through a focus on an important Canadian contribution to the area--the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN). GPHIN is a cutting-edge initiative that draws on the capacity of the Internet and newly available 24/7 global news coverage of health events to create a unique form of early warning outbreak detection. This commentary outlines the operation and development of GPHIN and compares it to ProMED-mail, another Internet-based approach to global health surveillance. We argue that GPHIN has created an important shift in the relationship of public health and news information. By exiting the pyramid of official reporting, GPHIN has created a new monitoring technique that has disrupted national boundaries of outbreak notification, while creating new possibilities for global outbreak response. By incorporating news within the emerging apparatus of global infectious disease surveillance, GPHIN has effectively responded to the global media's challenge to official country reporting of outbreak and enhanced the effectiveness and credibility of international public health.
    PMID: 16512327 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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    Re: GHIN, GODSN & internet news surveillance

    My understanding is that these services are merely a reporting function. They do not analyze utilizing experienced disease trackers as we do here.

    This is why the news services use us.

    And we are free.