HealthMap

By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2015
Google Flu Trends, as a website open to the general public, has shut down. The Google Flu Trends team will continue to track flu patterns based on search history, but it will now provide that data directly to public health researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza Division....
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital has tapped John Brownstein, currently the director of the hospital's computational epidemiology group, as its new Chief Innovation Officer. Brownstein will succeed Naomi Fried, who left the company at the end of December to become Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation, and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec. "John Brownstein, PhD, was the top management...
By Jonah Comstock April 2, 2015
John Brownstein's Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital has received attention in the past for its efforts to use data streams from social media, along with publicly available data from the government, to predict outbreaks of disease. Under Brownstein's directorship, the team has mined Yelp for the foods most likely to cause food poisoning, helped aggregate data about the...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2014
HealthMap is a previous project from the team now studying sleep health. Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with Merck to turn Twitter and Facebook into a new source for sleep health data -- data about how many people in a population suffer from insomnia and what they have in common with each other. "This is sort of our foray to see how we can mine social media to get an understanding of...

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