Digital epidemiology

PLoS Comput Biol. 2012;8(7):e1002616. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002616. Epub 2012 Jul 26.


Mobile, social, real-time: the ongoing revolution in the way people communicate has given rise to a new kind of epidemiology. Digital data sources, when harnessed appropriately, can provide local and timely information about disease and health dynamics in populations around the world. The rapid, unprecedented increase in the availability of relevant data from various digital sources creates considerable technical and computational challenges.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Cell Phone
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Data Mining
  • Databases, Factual
  • Epidemiologic Methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Software*