Revitalizing the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)


The Global Public Health Intelligence Network is a non-traditional all-hazards multilingual surveillance system introduced in 1997 by the Government of Canada in collaboration with the World Health Organization.1 GPHIN software collects news articles, media releases, and incident reports and analyzes them for information about communicable diseases, natural disasters, product recalls, radiological events and other public health crises. Since 2016, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and National Research Council Canada (NRC) have collaborated to replace GPHIN with a modular platform that incorporates modern natural language processing techniques to support more ambitious situational awareness goals.


To rebuild the software that underpins the Global Public Health Intelligence Network using modern natural language processing techniques to support recent and future improvements in situational awareness capability.

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January, 2018

January 25, 2018

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