London 2012 – using Twitter to Put Disease Outbreaks on the Map


Many of the millions of people who visit London for the Olympics might take home more than just souvenirs, since mass gatherings are an opportunity for travellers to swap infectious diseases. HealthMap founders explain how monitoring online discussions in all kinds of forums–from news feeds to Twitter–can lead to early detection of disease outbreaks, thereby giving health officials a chance to quickly respond to imminent epidemics.