Building outbreak resilience

Dr. Kamran Khan, Blue Dot Founder & CEO

Timely action can change the course of a disease outbreak, and potentially even stop it from evolving.

  • BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases, by combining medical expertise with advanced data analytics to track and anticipate disease risks.
  • Kamran Khan studied infectious diseases, preventative medicine and public health in the US and returned to Toronto just before the city was crippled by SARS in 2003. This motivated him to find solutions to prepare for and respond to future disease threats.
  • In 2013, Dr. Khan set up BlueDot, which uses AI to gather and process data, spot clusters, and identify risk levels in a scalable way. For example, on 31 December 2019, the engine picked up a Chinese article about a pneumonia outbreak of unknown cause in Wuhan; the system analysed flight schedules to identify many of the cities outside mainland China that later confirmed cases of Covid-191.
  • BlueDot helped the World Health Organization locate treatment centres during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and predicted the Zika outbreak in Florida six months before it began and before it was declared a global public health emergency2.
  • BlueDot has partnered with the Canadian government3 and the state of California4, and has been recognized by media ranging from The Wall Street Journal5, Wired Magazine6 to 60 Minutes7.

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