Health / Pharma

3 Ways Big Data Can Boost Vaccine Effectiveness

19th Dec `13, 02:07 PM in Health / Pharma

Big health data made headlines recently with the news that vaccines have prevented 100 million cases of contagious…

BDMS
Guest Contributor
 

Big health data made headlines recently with the news that vaccines have prevented 100 million cases of contagious disease since their introduction. The supporting data came from Project Tycho at the University of Pittsburgh, which digitized and standardized more than a century of weekly local health reports from cities across the U.S. The new project, named for 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, gives the public and researchers access to historical records on more than 56 diseases, including the eight featured in the disease prevention report.

Project Tycho lead investigators Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis and Dr. Donald Burke talk about their hopes for the new database.

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