Data Science, Analytics and Collaboration for a Biosurveillance Ecosystem


After the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense indicated œbiodefense would include emerging infectious disease. In response, DTRA launched an initiative for an innovative, rapidly emerging capability to enable real-time biosurveillance for early warning and course of action analysis. Through competitive prototyping, DTRA selected Digital Infuzion to develop the platform and next generation analytics. This work was extended to enhance collaboration capabilities and to harness data science and advanced analytics for multi-disciplinary surveillance including climate, crop, and animal as well as human data. New analysis tools ensure the BSVE supports a One Health paradigm to best inform public health action. Digital Infuzion and DTRA first introduced the BSVE to the ISDS community at the 2013 annual conference SWAP Meet. Digital Infuzion is pleased to present the mature platform to this community again as it is now a fully developed capability undergoing FedRAMP certification with the Department of Homeland Security's National Biosurveillance Integration Center and Is the basis for Digital Infuzion's HARBINGER ecosystem for biosurveillance.

Objective: While there is a growing torrent of data that disease surveillance could leverage, few effective tools exist to help public health professionals make sense of this data or that provide secure work-sharing and communication. Meanwhile, our ever more-connected world provides an increasingly receptive environment for diseases to emerge and spread rapidly making early warning and collaborative decision-making essential to saving lives and reducing the impact of outbreaks. Digital Infuzion's previous work on the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)'s Biosurveillance Ecosystem (BSVE) built a cloud-based platform to ingest big data with analytics to provide users a robust surveillance environment. We next enhanced the BSVE data sources and analytics to support an integrated One Health paradigm. The resulting BSVE and Digital Infuzion's HARBINGER platform include: 1) identifying and ingesting data sources that span global human, animal and crop health; 2) inclusion of non-health data such as travel, weather, and infrastructure; 3) the data science tools, analytics and visualizations to make these data useful and 4) a fully-featured Collaboration Center for secure work-sharing and communication across agencies.

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June 18, 2019

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