SORMAS: Mobile Ebola Surveillance

Surveillance of Ebola infections by real-time mobile data transmission in Nigeria

The ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa and the possible re-emergence of new Ebola virus infections in countries such as Nigeria require to strengthen the disease surveillance and control capabilites in these countries.
The aim of the project "EBOKON 10" is to exploit information technology to support in identifying emerging infections and Ebola suspected cases as well as their contacts immediately. In this way, further spread of infections can be prevented. Together with the Nigerian "Programme for Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training" the Department of Epidemiology at the HZI (Prof. Dr. Krause) has initiated that project to address this challenge.
In order to meet the specific technical requirements of West African countries, a management tool for infection control and for real time transmission of epidemiological data will be developed. It will run on normal mobile phones that are widely spread in West African countries. The complexity of the data processing is, however, handled by a high-performance data management platform and the use of cloud technology provided by SAP, a German Software Corporation.

 
Our partners:

Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), Abuja, Nigeria

Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin (BNIT), Hamburg

Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Berlin

Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Abuja, Nigeria

Deutsche Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (DZIF), Braunschweig

Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam 

Publications / Talks

Journals

Fähnrich C, Denecke K, Adeoye OO, Benzler J, Claus H, Kirchner G, Mall S, Richter R, Schapranow MP, Schwarz N, Tom-Aba D, Uflacker M, Poggensee G, Krause G. Surveillance and Outbreak Response Management System (SORMAS) to support the control of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Euro Surveill. 2015;20(12):pii=21071. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=21071

Scientific Conferences and Invited Lectures

  • The Big Data Show, World Trade Centre, Dubai, March 2015
  • Targeting Ebola Conference, Paris, May 2015
  • Big Data in Medicine. Joint Symposium of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering
  • Technical University Chemnitz, June, 2015
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich, September 2015
  • International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, August 2015
  • Conference of the German Society for Epidemiology, Potsdam, October 2015
  • European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Stockholm, November 2015
  • Conference of the German Society for Infectiology, Munich, November 2015  

Online Media Coverage

  • Fighting disease with data – the power of disease tracking and surveillance (June 30, 2015 by Irfan Khan in diginomica)
  • Gesundheit. Portrait: Epidemiologie 2.0 (By Sonja Prinz in Website of Helmholtz Association)
  • Big Data may stream­line epidemic control (October 9, 2015 by Sascha Keutel in Surveillance)
  • Statt Akten und Chaos. Eine App gegen Epidemien (March 16, 2015 by Jana Schlütter in Der Tagesspiegel)
  • Seuchenüberwachung 2.0: Seuchenkontrolle per Handy (2015;112(18): A-822/B-694/C-670 by Kerstin Denecke in Dtsch Arztebl)
  • Potsdamer Forscherin Cindy Fähnrich entwickelte ein Programm für den Einsatz vor Ort. Erste Tests in Nigeria laufen bereits (March 16, 2015 by Stefan Engelbrecht in Tagesspiegel Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten)
  • Mit Apps und Big Data gegen gefährliche Epidemien (March 19, 2015 by Ira Zahorsky in eGovernment Computing)
  • Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause vom HZI über Ebola. Globalisierungs-Virus? (Interview inSubway Stadtmagazin Braunschweig by Nils-Andreas Andermark & Sebastian Heise)
  • Big Data im Dienste der Seuchen-Bekämpfung (Hans-Joachim Allgaier, HPI-Pressestelle in Newsletter Hygieneinspektoren-BW No. 102)
  • Ebola: German institute plans technology pilots in Nigeria (March 18, 2015 by Technology Times Reports)
  • App soll im Kampf gegen tödliche Epidemien und Ebola helfen (March 17, 2015 by Axel Mörer-Funk in Ingenieur.de)
  • Preventing The Next MERS Outbreak (Jun 23, 2015 by Judith Magyar in Forbes/Business)

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