Refactoring INDICATOR into an Advanced Information System for One Health Monitoring


INDICATOR is a multi-stream open source platform for biosurveillance and outbreak detection, currently focused on Champaign County in Illinois[1]. It has been in production since 2008 and is currently receiving data from emergency departments, patient advisory nurse call center, outpatient convenient care clinic, school absenteeism, animal control, and weather sources. Long term scalability was however compromised during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic as immediate public health needs took priority over our systematic development plan. With the impending addition of veterinary clinic data and recognizing that the health of a community also depends on animal and environmental factors, we decided to revisit the INDICATOR architecture and redesign it to be a more holistic and scalable system. We also decided to revisit the data submission format, keeping in line with the philosophy of making opportunistic secondary use of as much data about the health of a community that we can obtain.


To redesign INDICATOR for One Health, establish a common data format, and provide for long term scalability.

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December, 2012

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