Monday, 15 June 2015 00:51

Big data helps fight ebola with a Qlik


The era of big data delivers tools to help in all kinds of scenarios, with Qlik ensuring the major threat of ebola is no exception.

Even before the technological age brought with it so much data, public health has always involved a hefty amount of detective work.

However, the need for sleuthing is perhaps most acute in infectious diseases, where no less than the public’s health is at stake.

Qlik, the self-service data visualisation and discovery company says that ‘big data is helping to reduce this legwork for medical detectives by streamlining the process of containing diseases before they become epidemics.’

So, in view of this, one of Qlik’s experts in Public Sector data analysis, David Bolton, together with his team, developed an Ebola-tracking app that shows for example the number of deaths by region, the number of infected people, the development, dissemination and information about international medical intervention and donations.

Qlik and Bolton developed the app with the aim of health care workers, to help organisations and relief funds in making informed strategic decisions in the fight against Ebola.

On this basis, care workers can check how Ebola spreads, where preventive measures are required and in which areas there is a need for additional medical supplies and expertise, with Qlik noting the app, which is freely available for anyone to use and can be accessed here. It will be updated weekly with new data.

iTWire last spoke to Qlik earlier this year in a video interview that can be seen here.

Qlik also has a separate blog post by its employee Evan Siff on fighting ebola with data, where Siff which explained that: “Data visualisation has become a vital tool in improving disease management. Meaningful information supports all aspects of a response from resource allocation to tracking the effectiveness of treatment methods.

“Visual representations before the disease spreads are critical for supporting infection control measures, identifying gaps and most importantly moving from reactive visuals to proactive alerting.

In the video interview, embedded below, we asked David Bolton to briefly explain what Qlik does and Bolton’s role, why he developed the app and what it does, and how data is impacting the effort to fight the spread of infectious diseases.

We spoke about healthcare providers applying analytics to ask what they thought of the future, the types of transformation we can expect to see in the future and plenty more.

For extra detail and a demostration of the app, take a look at the video interview embedded below!


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