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GMV led consortium advances public health analytics with EO4HEALTH Project
EO4HEALTH represents a fresh and essential step forward in the application of EO technologies and AI in the field of public health.
GMV led consortium advances public health analytics with EO4HEALTH Project
by Hugo Ritmico
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jan 23, 2024

GMV, in collaboration with institutions including Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise, GMATICS, Brockmann Consult, and a host of eminent scientists, has embarked on a novel initiative named EO4HEALTH. This project, led by GMV in Portugal, represents a convergence of expert knowledge and cutting-edge technology, aimed at enhancing the analytics and data sources utilized by policymakers in crafting strategic public health plans.

The core of EO4HEALTH lies in its role within a cluster of ESA Future EO Resilience activities. These activities are strategically designed to develop new services focused on pandemic preparedness and risk mitigation. One of the most notable aspects of this initiative is its emphasis on innovative predictive tools rooted in Earth observation (EO) data.

This transition from scientific research to engineering applications underscores the project's objective to evaluate and integrate EO imagery into public health decision-making processes. This integration covers diverse areas such as scenario assessment and impact/risk assessment, with a particular emphasis on prototyping and developing pre-operational analytic pipelines.

A critical component of EO4HEALTH is the establishment of a Resilience and Earth Observation Virtual Observatory. This platform is envisioned as a comprehensive repository and resource center, bringing together key stakeholders, public authorities, and private entities.

The observatory will focus on three primary areas: ecosystems, cities, and health. Its role as a 'one-stop-shop' for all project-related activities is pivotal. Not only will it aggregate relevant EO and health-related data, including crucial epidemiological data, but it will also facilitate the development and integration of additional processing capabilities. These capabilities are essential for studying patterns associated with emerging diseases.

EO4HEALTH is currently implementing two use cases, leveraging the extensive knowledge accrued from previous ESA-funded activities. These activities have demonstrated the capability of EO data and artificial intelligence (AI) methods in automatically identifying patterns that can accurately predict the spatial-temporal re-emergence and spread of diseases, specifically West Nile disease and cholera.

The project's comprehensive approach involves close collaboration with significant health stakeholders. Organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) are integral to this collaboration. Their involvement ensures that the project's development aligns closely with the actual operational needs of these global health bodies.

As the prime contractor, GMV's role is multi-faceted. It not only oversees all project-related matters but also leads the integration of advanced data analytics to support the project's health-related developments. This leadership position underscores GMV's commitment to leveraging its expertise in systems integration, software development, and engineering services in the aerospace and defense sectors, to make significant contributions to public health.

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