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Feb 20, 2007

Mapping Disease on the Web

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston have launched a real-time, web-based, world map of recently reported cases of infectious diseases. HEALTHmap provides a unified view of the current state of infectious diseases across the globe, utilizing a variety of data sources. The data is aggregated by disease and displayed on the map. Clicking on the pushpin yields a link for the user to click for more information.

The map is aimed primarily at public health officials and international travelers. The site was developed by infectious diseases researcher John Brownstein, PhD, and research software developer, Clark Freifeld. Both work at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, a multidisciplinary applied research program at Children's Hospital Boston and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Sciences and Technology.

You can view the map here.