The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Accenture Federal Services a $3 million, one-year contract to help the Office of Health Affairs enhance its bio surveillance capabilities using social media.
Accenture said it will work with OHA to develop a pilot that will manage, link and analyze data from social media networks in real time to better inform and protect the public in the event of a national health emergency such as an infectious disease outbreak or a biological attack.
Bio surveillance is the monitoring of public health trends and unusual occurrences, relying on pre-existing, real-time health data that’s publicly available. Because of the vast amount of data and information available and shared through social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs) collecting and understanding information from these channels can be critical.
“Social media platforms are now an everyday part of peoples’ lives, finding their way into all forms of communication. Rapidly collecting and understanding what information is being shared will help OHA meet its mission to detect and respond to potential threats to national health security,” John Matchette, who leads Accenture’s Public Safety agency work, said in a statement.
Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a U.S. company, with offices in Arlington.
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