Influenza Surveillance Network Design

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have asked each of the U.S. states to maintain an influenza surveillance network.  The network consists of a number of primary healthcare providers who report weekly to the state on the number of patients that visited their office, and the number of those patients that exhibited influenza-like-illness symptoms.  Each state has recruited its own providers into its surveillence network.

In this talk, we discuss how to create a well-performing influenza surveillence network.  There are thousands of possible providers which the state could recruit into the surveillance network.  Which of them should the state recruit?  How should those providers be spread out geographically across the state?  And can new technologies like Google Flu Trends replace or augment traditional surveillance networks?  This talk was delivered at ICS 2011 in Monterey, California and CORS 2011 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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