48 million cases of foodborne-related illnesses occur each year in the U.S., and more than half are restaurant related. Foodborne illnesses remain a major public health concern, but identifying the cause of these outbreaks is challenging.
That is why informaticians recently explored ways social media and crowd-sourced apps can track real-time incidents that might otherwise go unreported.
In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers share how to surveil and detect foodborne illnesses by using the popular website and app Yelp.
Why Informatics? So, we can prevent people from food poisoning, and improve our food safety.