Flu forecasting

Australian researchers have developed a flu forecasting tool. The tool is being used to pull in data from several Victorian health authorities to generate weekly predictions that can be used to forecast flu trends 4-5 weeks in advance.

The researchers then share these insights back with the health sector. Insights include assisting hospitals and clinicians to prepare their practices for an influx of patients, or alter policy around places that pose a high risk of transmission like schools and public transport.

This is a great example of a key construct of the i3 paradigm - using information to not only drive insights but also perform actions in response to those insights.