Identification

Author

Lewis SL, Feighner BH, Loschen WA, Wojcik RA, Skora JF, et al.

Title

SAGES: a suite of freely-available software tools for electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings

Year

2011

Publication type

Article

Journal

PLOS ONE

Modified

2016-07-25 15:39:33.245257+00:00

Details

Volume

6

Number

5

Access

Language

English

URL http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0019750
DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0019750

Accessed

2016-05-02

Extended information

Abstract

Public health surveillance is undergoing a revolution driven by advances in the field of information technology. Many countries have experienced vast improvements in the collection, ingestion, analysis, visualization, and dissemination of public health data. Resource-limited countries have lagged behind due to challenges in information technology infrastructure, public health resources, and the costs of proprietary software. The Suite for Automated Global Electronic bioSurveillance (SAGES) is a collection of modular, flexible, freely-available software tools for electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings. One or more SAGES tools may be used in concert with existing surveillance applications or the SAGES tools may be used en masse for an end-to-end biosurveillance capability. This flexibility allows for the development of an inexpensive, customized, and sustainable disease surveillance system. The ability to rapidly assess anomalous disease activity may lead to more efficient use of limited resources and better compliance with World Health Organization International Health Regulations.