Role: Invited Speaker
Affiliation: Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research
Gérard Krause, MD, PhD, is scientific lead of the mHealth, open-source Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS®). He is head of the department for Epidemiology at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and Chair for Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Hannover Medical School. He worked as a clinician and researcher in Germany and various West African and South American countries and was epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC Atlanta. From 2000 to 2013 he was head of the surveillance unit and director of the department of infectious disease epidemiology at the Robert Koch Institute in Germany.
Infectious disease outbreaks are particularly difficult to control if transmission occurs person-to-person. The Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS®) is a software that assures effective and comprehensive execution of these core capacity requirements in resource-poor settings (www.sormas.org). In SORMAS informants in the hospitals use mobile tablets to enter data on new patients. Based on this the surveillance supervisor takes action (contact follow-up done by contact officer and contact supervisor). SORMAS also includes laboratories executing confirmation of clinical diagnosis. SORMAS contains disease management algorithms for the following diseases: Avian Influenza in humans, Cholera, Dengue Fever, Ebola Virus Disease, Lassa Fever, Measles, Meningococcal Meningitis, Plague, Yellow Fever, other Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and any other infectious hazard. SORMAS is free of charge and adheres open access policy (https://github.com/hzi-braunschweig/SORMAS-Open). SORMAS is currently being used in more than 10 states of Nigeria and has already played a pivotal role in the recent response to the largest West African monkeypox outbreak.