United Arab Emirates Exploring Syndromic Surveillance

The Ministry of Health and the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (Haad) confirmed plans of introducing “syndromic surveillance” into their current systems. Syndromic surveillance, which is still under review by the World Health Organisation, utilizes social networking sites and internet search engines to provide a more in-depth report, according to Dr Al Hosani. “Google’s flu map [Google Flu Trend Tracker] is one of the methods of surveillance,” he says.

Doctors may soon be better able to predict the outbreak of infectious diseases due to surveillance systems that use Google and Twitter.

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Source: The National

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com

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