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The platform

The ESID platform supports health authorities in monitoring and investigating local outbreaks, assessing regional and supraregional infection dynamics or infection situations, and deploying tailored measures.

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Learn more about LOKI-Pandemics in the podcast "No Faxing - Digitization in Public Health" by Torge Korff. (Only available in German)

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With the occurence of infectious agents with pandemic potential, such as SARS-CoV-1 in 2002/2003 or avian influenza A/H5N1 in 2005, national pandemic plans for the German health system have been developed 1. However, a control system for epidemic outbreaks that helps health authorities to develop individual goals and effective measures to cope with a pandemic under local conditions has not been realized yet. The experience of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic demonstrates the need for a practical and user-friendly platform to monitor local outbreak events while taking into account specific regional structures.

The aim of the LOKI-Pandemics project is therefore to develop a platform with which health authorities can control and positively influence infection events by introducing tailored non-pharmaceutical measures.

In order to be able to detect and evaluate outbreaks at an early stage on a local level, the project uses infection-relevant data which is analysed with different methods ranging from artificial intelligence to epidemiological modeling. The platform offers the possibility to interactively simulate different scenarios. These can be displayed by health authority employees with and without the integration of non-pharmaceutical measures to map the measure's influence on infection events, view the further development of outbreaks and develop possible containment strategies.

1National Pandemic Plan 2007, accessed Jan. 17, 2023, available at edoc.rki.de/bitstream/handle/176904/6227/Pandemieplan2007.pdf

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