Study by Tandon and Global Public Health Professor Rumi Chunara Explores How Text Messaging Can Be Used to Quickly Track Health Care Use During an Ebola Outbreak

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Rumi Chunara

A study by Rumi Chunara, assistant professor at NYU Tandon and NYU College of Global Public Health, has been selected to compete in STAT Madness 2019, a virtual tournament of the best innovations in science and medicine.

Chunara’s study is one of 64 chosen for the bracketed, March Madness-inspired competition. The public was invited to vote on its favorite research starting Monday, March 4 at 12:01 a.m., with the first round of voting ending Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. A champion will be crowned in early April after six rounds of voting. Details and dates for each round are available on the STAT Madness site.

Published in October in Nature Digital Medicine, Chunara’s study used text message surveys to determine in real time how people used maternal health services during a recent Ebola outbreak. The findings confirm the accuracy and utility of digital polling during a public health emergency, and suggest that text message surveys could be deployed in other situations—such as a flu epidemic—when information needs to be rapidly gathered directly from citizens.

STAT Madness was created by the health news site STAT News, which is produced by Boston Globe Media.

About NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program.

About NYU College of Global Public Health
At the NYU College of Global Public Health (NYU GPH), we are preparing the next generation of public health pioneers with the critical thinking skills, acumen, and entrepreneurial approaches necessary to reinvent the public health paradigm. Devoted to employing a nontraditional, inter-disciplinary model, NYU GPH aims to improve health worldwide through a unique blend of global public health studies, research and practice. The College is located in the heart of New York City and extends to NYU's global network on six continents. Innovation is at the core of our ambitious approach, thinking and teaching. For more, visit:

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