Preclinical Data

DARPA's Bio-ALIRT program was a three-year program (2001-2003) with a goal of developing technology to reduce the delay in detection of outbreaks. It focused on development of detection algorithms (Buckeridge et al., 2005) and evaluation of novel surveillance data (Wagner et al., 2004). The Bio-ALIRT program contributed results about many types of data described in this book. The program especially encouraged study of preclinical data.

This section summarizes results about routine polling of a population about its health status, volumetric telephone usage, and food and beverage sales at cafeterias and restaurants. The interested reader can find details about the other types of data studied by Bio-ALIRT (such as bus ridership volume, parking lot utilization, automatic cough detection, waste water monitoring, and even missed appointments to orthodontists), which were largely limitative or negative results, in the report from that program (listed under Additional Resources).

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