Data Sharing in Disease Surveillance
In recent years, the development of digital technologies has facilitated real-time tracking of disease outbreaks through the electronic exchange of disease surveillance data - ranging from reports of disease and syndromes to genetic sequences. Such data have been used to make evidence-based recommendations regarding the control of SARS in 2003 and more recently, MERS-CoV and influenza A (H7N9), among others.
If applied nationally, regionally or globally, the sharing of data from these surveillance activities could create unprecedented opportunities for public health science and policy, leading to better public health outcomes and outbreak control.
This roundtable meeting aims to bring together world leaders in disease surveillance to critically review existing activities in data sharing in this field, identify best practices, and describe them in such a way that they could be applied to surveillance activities at the national, regional and global level.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.