Tools and Systems – International Society for Disease Surveillance


HealthMap – “HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site ‘’ and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.”

Flu Near You – “Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. On this site, Flu Near You is open to anyone for browsing. Any individual living in the United States or Canada, 13 years of age or older can register to complete brief weekly surveys that help all of us learn more about the flu.”

R Software Environment

Infectious Disease Cost Calculator (UPMC Center for Health Security) 

Surveillance Systems

Suite for Automated Global Electronic bioSurveillance (SAGES)- Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – “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.”

ESSENCE – Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) software is a system that inputs electronic emergency department (ED) data for the purpose of syndromic surveillance. 

  • Missouri Implementation
  • Oregon Implementation

BioSense 2.0 – “The BioSense Program provides local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situation awareness. BioSense is in the midst of a redesign that shifts the program’s focus to meet the needs of stakeholders and end users in state and local health departments, CDC programs, hospitals, and other federal programs (i.e. DoD and VA) to improve regional and national coverage.”

“Check! Explore barries and solutions to data sharing on BioSense 2.0,” is a green paper grown out of the 2013 ISDS Conference with more information.

For further information on ISDS’s BioSense activities click here.

Triple S – Syndromic Surveillance Systems in Europe – “Triple-S is a project co-financed by the European commission through the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. The project encompasses an inventory of existing and proposed syndromic surveillance systems in Europe, including country visits for an in-depth understanding of selected systems. The project will also provide scientific and technical guidance for the development and implementation of syndromic surveillance systems for both human and animal health. The aim of the project is to increase the European capacity for real-time or near-real time surveillance and monitoring of the health burden of expected and unexpected health related events.”