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Merging social media traffic, weather information and government stats on a disease to generate a "flu forecast" seems—to most people—like an impossible brainteaser. But a student in Indianapolis is part of a team that has not only made sense of this puzzle, but created a smartphone app that puts the wealth of information at one's fingertips. Called FluCast, the smartphone app won a national competition and is now in the hands of a federal agency to perhaps be used as a weapon against flu outbreaks.
None of us needs a government report or academic paper to tell us the cost of health care is too high. Employers, families, and policymakers all feel the impact on their respective budgets. What would come as a shock to most people is the reason America's health care system is so expensive. It is not because of our advanced technologies, innovative therapies, or state-of-the-art medical facilities.
Inside INdiana Business, BioCrossroads and Indiana University have launched a new partnership to communicate the growth, success and excitement surrounding Indiana's life sciences industry. We share a belief that this innovative field plays a vital role in the development of the entrepreneurs, innovations and businesses that will allow Indiana to compete in a global economy. Life Sciences INdiana is published by the special projects unit of Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products.
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