Digital acoustic surveillance for early detection of respiratory disease outbreaks in Spain: a protocol for an observational study


Digital acoustic surveillance for early detection of respiratory disease outbreaks in Spain. Real-time tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic and detection of the emergence of novel variants or other respiratory pathogens represent challenges for public health authorities globally..

This paper proposes an observational protocol to monitor and analyze acoustic data (like cough sounds) to identify potential outbreaks rapidly. It aims to develop a digital acoustic surveillance system for the early detection of respiratory disease outbreaks in Spain.

The researchers are utilizing digital devices, such as smartphones and environmental sensors, running AI powered cough detection technology, to record acoustic oustic data in selected regions of Spain. Advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence techniques are applied to the collected acoustic data to detect patterns indicative of respiratory diseases.

The study will be conducted in diverse regions across Spain, possibly targeting areas with high population densities or previous records of significant respiratory disease outbreaks.

Key Takeaways

  1. The study introduces a novel method for disease surveillance using digital technology, which could be more efficient and less invasive than traditional methods.
  2. By focusing on early detection, the protocol could help in timely intervention and containment of respiratory diseases, potentially reducing their impact.
  3. If successful, this method could be scaled up or adapted for use in other regions and countries, enhancing global disease surveillance capabilities.
  4. The collaboration between various experts highlights the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in tackling public health challenges.

Implications for Public Health Policy: Successful implementation of this protocol could influence public health policies, especially in adopting more digital and AI-based approaches for disease surveillance and response.