Monday, July 09, 2007

IBM epidemiology software now open source

Linux Medical News reports ( >>> ) a news item from the eHealth News Portal ( >>> ) that IBM has announced that it has made available an advanced software technology that can help predict the transmission of diseases across countries and around the globe to the open source community.

STEM (the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler tool) is designed to help scientists and public health officials create and use spatial and temporal models of emerging infectious diseases. STEM, which runs on any operating system, allows the rapid creation of epidemiological models for how an infectious disease, such as avian influenza or dengue fever, is likely to geographically spread over time. It creates a graphical representation of the spread of a disease based on a variety of parameters such as population, geographic and macro-economic data, roadmaps, airport locations, travel patterns and bird migratory routes around the world.

The STEM software is available at:

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