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Telephone Hotline Data Forecasts Dengue Outbreaks Three Weeks Ahead

From IEEE Spectrum:

Researchers have developed a reliable early warning system for dengue fever outbreaks in Lahore, the capital city of the province of Punjab in Pakistan. Based on statistical analysis of dengue-related phone calls to a public health hotline, the system can track the incidence of symptoms down to the neighborhood and give local government officials a three-week heads up on potential outbreaks.

Source: Telephone Hotline Data Forecasts Dengue Outbreaks Three Weeks Ahead – IEEE Spectrum

This is not a dental topic but it does demonstrate how big data will be used to help diagnose and treatment plan in the future. Events that do not seem to have a direct medical dental significance, like telephone calls, can be used to anticipate and then prevent or treat disease. The challenge is to determine what matters in the enormous amounts of data we now accumulate on people and populations every day.

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