Disease surveillance is a global concern. In a world where international trade, migration of humans and animals, and ecological changes take place at a rapid pace, numerous infectious diseases and vectors have pandemic aptitudes. With life-threatening diseases spreading beyond borders, global health security is at risk, especially in developing countries. For instance, infectious viruses like Zika, SARS, and H5N1 have become a pandemic threat, revealing that adequate disease surveillance networks can save lives and economies. To set an example, it’s been documented that an effective surveillance system can decrease the magnitude of a SARS outbreak by one-third and its duration by one month (Mirza et al., 2013).
Disease surveillance networks have the potential to collect vital ecological and medical data and detect diseases in their early stages. A systematic review conducted by Choi and colleagues (2016) revealed that technologies could boost the capacities of standard disease surveillance systems. By integrating digital solutions, local and international networks can enhance rapid communication, engagement, early warning, and research, which will result in decreased disability, mortality, and poverty rates. To answer the newest demands of global health security, platforms like Qolty can help experts build effective surveillance networks and implement technological advancements in both practice and research.
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