Reimagining Early Warning Systems for Infectious Disease 2021
How can we stop infectious diseases from spreading? Large-scale, rapid testing and continuous disease monitoring play a crucial role in containing pandemics. Establishing early warning detection systems could be one way of tackling this. We need more efficient ways to facilitate regular population-level screening and new technologies to track disease seamlessly.
How could we make diagnostic tests cheaper globally? How could we increase testing accessibility for rural areas? How could we identify new biomarkers of disease which facilitate disease monitoring? How can we integrate and interpret various types of surveillance data streams? How could we combine this data with other digital signals? How could we use machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for disease tracking and prediction? These are just some of the many questions that solutions could answer. Solutions could touch on the accessibility and effectiveness of diagnostic innovations, technologies employed, materials used, or even ways to change behaviors. You can pick one or you can mix and match.
Most promising solutions have the opportunity to network and plan with experts who are active in developing innovative diagnostic tools and technologies to improve disease monitoring.