Dashboards as strategy to integrate multiple data streams for real time surveillance


The mission of the Infectious-Disease-Epidemiology Department at the Robert Koch Institute is the prevention, detection and control of infections in the German population. For this purpose it has a set of surveillance and outbreak-detection systems in place. Some of these cover a wide range of diseases, e.g. the traditional surveillance of about 80 notifiable diseases, while others are specialised for the timely assessment of only one or a few diseases, e.g. participatory syndromic surveillance of acute respiratory infections. Many different such data sources have to be combined to allow a holistic view of the epidemiological situation. The continuous integration of many heterogeneous data streams into a readily available and accessible product remains a big challenge in infectious-disease epidemiology.

Objective: Providing an integrative tool for public health experts to rapidly assess the epidemiological situation based on data streams from different surveillance systems and relevant external factors, e.g. weather or socio-economic conditions. The efficient implementation in a modular architecture of disease- or task-specific visualisations and interactions, their combination in dashboards and integration in a consistent, general web application. The user-oriented development through an iterative process in close collaboration with epidemiologists.

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January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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