From the International Medical Informatics Association

Facebook Influenza Tracking Project

Dr Chris Paton and his colleagues at the National Institute for Health Innovation at Auckland University, New Zealand are running a new research project looking at using social media to track flu symptoms. They have written an application for Facebook that allows users to input whether or not they have flu symptoms. They will then track the users over the weeks to see how long their symptoms last and track their location by IP address.

If you have time to be part of the study, they invite you to please sign up at:

This study is an HRC funded Summer Studentship project by Dr Chris Paton (supervisor) and Chen Lou (medical student) at the National Institute for Health Innovation, a research unit at Auckland University. Please contact Chris or Chen at the emails below if you want more information:

Dr Chris Paton:
Chen Lou:

This article is from Chris’s Health Informatics Blog at

June 4, 2009 - Posted by | research | , , , , ,

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