Implementing low powered smart devices in public health surveillance systems. Open Access

Gandhi, Rounak (Fall 2017)

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During the past few decades, the world has seen a significant change in technology with the development of modern tools which are used to gather, disseminate and share information as never before. Use of innovative products and technologically advanced tools can help deliver better health outcomes with significant improvement in the quality of life. Smart device innovations not only deliver faster results but can also interoperate and be cost-effective at the same time. However, traditionally, public health systems have not been able to keep up with the booming field of applied science, mainly due to underfunded projects or their indirect approach to population health that remains unappealing to many.

The world is growing at an exponential rate and in order to meet the world's increasing health demands, it is essential that public health organizations accept and adapt to these innovative changes. Technologically advanced devices like smartphone, tablets, laptops and wearables are now virtually ubiquitous with billions of users worldwide. Thus, there is a need for public health organizations to better integrate and collaborate with technology and computer disciplines.

“Implementing low powered smart devices in public health surveillance systems” aims at finding an innovative solution by using existing hardware and software technologies to solve difficulties arising during collection, transfer and storage of surveillance data. The solution aims at using the consumer version of smartphones/ tablet/ laptops to collect data, store them locally until connectivity is achieved and send them to their operation centres for processing, all while maintaining the highest level of privacy and security. 

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Scenario 1 – CDC’s FLU-ARTS (Flu – Advanced Research Travelers System)


The Problem


Solution Overview

Solution Requirements

Systems Design

Technology Architecture

Critical Components | Data Structures

Risk management

System in Brief


The Problem

Solution Proposed

Solution Overview

Business Architecture

Information Architecture

Technology Architecture

Service Access and Delivery

Service Platform and Infrastructure

Component Framework

Service Interface and Integration

Emerging technologies | Needs and requirements


Technology Uses

Strategic Implementation Plan

Risk Management

Timelines and Measurement Plans



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