Internews Center for Innovation & Learning

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Health Map

HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources to curated personal accounts to validated official alerts. Through an automated text processing system, the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert. HealthMap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.

(from the Health Map website)

Available expertise: 

Anahi Ayala Iacucci

Key Features: 
Collect and map media information on health, crowdsourced information from local population and experts produced information
Global Issues: 
Suitable for: 
looking for health information and interactive display; private instances connecting health information from mobile phones with geographical information
Time commitment: 
Not suitable for: 
Creation of customized maps, not verified crowdsourced health information
Technical expertise needed: 
low, depending on the usage
Cost considerations: 
The system is free to use: for customizations like the creation of a closed map for specific purposes agreements needs to be done directly with the organization managing the system