Using Clinician's Search Query Data to Monitor Influenza Epidemics

Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML, Cavanaugh SK, Oliver KB, Thompson CA, Romanosky N, Hunter S. Using clinician's search query data to monitor influenza epidemics. Clin Infect Dis. (2014) 59 (10): 1446-1450 first published online August 12, 2014 doi:10.1093/cid/ciu647.

Search query information from a clinician's database, UpToDate, is shown to timely predict influenza epidemics in the United States.

Study results show that digital disease surveillance tools based on experts' databases may be able to provide an alternative, reliable, and stable signal for accurate predictions of flu outbreaks.