Big Blue Working to Beat the Bird Flu
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"viewer's guide" put out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was much more engaging -- and informative -- than the movie, providing lots of background information and answering lots of questions I had about the issues and situations presented in the movie.
Currently, the good news is that the guide let me know "There is no influenza pandemic in the world at this time." IBM, along with twenty major worldwide public health institutions, made an announcement yesterday that we hope will help keep it that way.
The Global Pandemic Initiative will partner IBM with a number of health organizations and universities around the globe to explore the use of advanced computer and analytical technology to help with global preparedness. This will include a software framework from IBM that was developed to allow electronic health information to be more easily shared and mined among hospitals, doctors, laboratories, and health organizations.
We also contributed software developed at our Almaden labs called the "Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler" (say that three times quickly). Abbreviated as "STEM," this software can help build computer models of a disease as it spreads geographically to help epidemiologists track the likely future direction of a virus based on visualized empirical data. Learn more about this effort in coverage from the San Jose Mercury News.