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Developing Public Health Data Assessment Technologies

Lack of robust population health assessment technologies and methods applicable to developing countries prevents accurate assessment of the burden of injury and disease and evidence-based decisions about prioritizing scarce health resources.
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Nature and Context

Among the most striking recent developments in human biology are entirely novel means to measure molecular, clinical and epidemiological aspects of human biology and the mathematical tools to analyze complex biologic data.  These methods have the potential to alter the practice of public health in fundamental ways, and therefore should be given more scientific and social attention. To develop valid, accurate, comparable, and convenient technologies and analytic methods that incorporate clinical, biological, and behavioral markers for quantitative assessment of the burden of disease and population health status as a critical input into priority setting and intervention evaluation in resource-poor settings could transform how we address public health issues.

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Potential benefits of standardized global systems for assessing population health issues could help accurately navigate assessment of morbidity and mortality, as well as help to quantify the preventable fraction of injury and disease.

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