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Prabha Xaxa, MD
Deputy Medical Director at International SOS
International SOS has been saving lives for over 35 years. The company protects global teams from health and security threats. After the pandemic began, they have been tasked with anticipating and safeguarding their clients from health-related threats, like infectious diseases. They offer over 11,000 experts in over 1,000 global locations to provide round-the-clock support.
Unfortunately, a small outbreak can transform into a worldwide disaster in less than a week. The COVID-19 pandemic is a prime example. Such emerging infectious diseases are deadly because they cause widespread devastation before they are accurately diagnosed and treated.
For international travelers, the stakes are high. Based on the pathogen, symptoms can take anywhere from a week to even a month to appear. Suppose companies do not inform their teams about outbreaks in time. In that case, employees may unknowingly infect many more people as they travel. Also, without timely diagnosis and treatment, they may be at a higher risk of experiencing severe illness or even death.
The GIDEON database helps International SOS get in-depth information about disease-specific outbreaks. This way, they can elevate their support services for their customers.
“[GIDEON helps us in] finding the history and prevalence of a disease in different countries. Charts are also helpful to see disease progression within a specified time,” says Xaxa.
GIDEON – the Global Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Online Network – is a comprehensive database of infectious diseases and a proud partner for epidemiology research worldwide.
GIDEON API is designed to help researchers retrieve data programmatically, especially useful when working with data modeling. Epidemiologists can easily query the database using a familiar R environment.
GIDEON renders interactive maps of disease distribution and outbreaks.
GIDEON provides an in-depth analysis of global disease spread. The database provides information on 25,000+ historical outbreaks and cross-border events, 85,000+ surveys, and 23,700+ country-specific notes.
GIDEON is curated by a team of highly regarded medical scientists who are updating the database daily.