How Big Data Analysis Guides Hurricane Sandy Response

As the response to Hurricane Sandy enters its fifth day, Direct Relief helps safety net healthcare centers get back on their feet in part through big data analysis of a range of relevant, dynamic data sources. Our team understands that accurate and effective public health emergency response demands deep understanding of the context and the details of chaotic situations.

The video posted here describes in brief the complete process used by Direct Relief to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Sandy using Palantir’s analytics suite. Beginning with preparedness activities driven by social vulnerability and health risk analysis, and extending through meteorological investigations, rapid scrutiny of shipping histories and continual monitoring of clinic status, shelters, pharmacies and power outages within a common framework, Direct Relief connects clinics with essential medical resources by using the best insights available to assess needs, scale problems and track the rapid pace of events.


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