BIG DATA IN MOBILE USED TO STEM ‘CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUS’ IN THE CARIBBEAN
Now-a-days, a trend is fast catching on as how telecom big data is being increasingly harnessed in disease control thereby bettering healthcare system. Various ways and methods are being employed to harness telecom big data in this direction. Recently, various studies and instances (in which telecom big data has been used in preventing the epidemic) came to the fore substantiating the claims. For example, such an episode came into the light when telecom big data was used to stem the spread of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean.
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published report titled An assessment of big data for official statistics in the Caribbean in which it noted that the use of big data through geospatial (or location) of mobiles was used to support healthcare, and to design measures to tackle the eruption of Chikungunya transversing the region.
“Geospatial applications for smart phones backed by the Ministry of Health in detecting the location of infected persons and to contain the epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago.” (Source: Worldwide Mobile Big Data Market 2016, by Washington based Teleresearchlabs Inc.)
Similarly, another instance also came into the light when Telenor Research, in cooperation with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the University of Peshawar, Pakistan published a report signifying the ability of Big Data to predict and track the proliferation of dengue disease. The research titled Impacts of human mobility on the emergence of dengue epidemics in Pakistan scrutinized anonymized call data from more than 30 million Telenor’s subscribers of Pakistan during the 2013 dengue outbreak, making use of the large volume of data to perfectly chart the geographic spread and timing of the epidemic.