A cloud computing service under development at
Draper leads a team of researchers developing the Collaborative Overarching Multi-feed Biosurveillance System (COMBS), a system that will use a cloud-based network to gather a broader range of public data from social media, blogs, search trends, open source information such as news, as well as traditional health information sources to create a dynamic, diverse data stream. COMBS includes comprehensive tools for the visualization and interpretation of the data – allowing analysts unprecedented access to biosurveillance data that will enable real-time decision making by public health officials.
In 2012’s National Strategy for Biosurveillance, the
COMBS will enable the collection, integration, analysis, and visualization of traditional and non-traditional sources of widely varying publicly available data and emerging data sources, to monitor real-time conditions affecting human, animal, and environmental health. This
Using an app-store approach for data and app provisioning, COMBS will provide a user-customizable, flexible analytic environment that strongly supports collaboration between the many public health agencies responsible for keeping Americans healthy and for supporting building health capacity around the world. For the first time, biosurveillance analysis capabilities will be highly flexible and integrative of many participants with different needs and perspectives. Further, COMBS’ user-friendly orientation for decision-support and collaboration, will enable faster, smarter decisions by public health officials.
COMBS data and tools will exist in a computational cloud environment, designed to enable broad data collection and powerful analytic calculations. It is designed to facilitate commercial use and support of the technology, to best support a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations. Data providers, app developers, health device providers, and other business interests could benefit from providing information to the COMBS ecosystem, or providing services based on COMBS.
In addition to its use by the public health community, COMBS will enable broader awareness of U.S. and world health status and implications, by the public, news organizations, public interest groups, and other businesses. App developers will find the COMBS app store to be an attractive marketplace for their offerings to enhance data visualization, statistical analysis, simulations, forecasts, and predictions.
Draper researchers estimate COMBS could be in place for broader access by 2016 following the expected completion of the funded work, including two more one-year phases to be awarded based on performance.
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