Again, we point at the challenge of front-line reporting, data intelligence, wide and targeted testing to monitor the spread of the new Coronavirus. Government decision-makers must manage policies and guidance based upon essential data. Measuring & monitoring the virus data is the key to managing the pandemic
The Hopkins team scrapes their numbers from dozens of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as well as U.S. state health departments and media aggregating websites.
The gathering of data must identify personal protective equipment needs, walk-up and drive-thru testing results, targeted deployment of newly designed/developed and built testing equipment, the tracking ‘hot spots’ and monitoring of cities, towns, neighborhoods … hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes, long-term care, elderly care, special and critical care facilities must be prioritized. All the capabilities of state-of-the-art digital health care need to be brought to bear.
Large aggregated sets of COVID-case numbers reveal top-level ranges of metrics. Drilling down with database-powered dashboards delivering real-time intelligence with more granular levels, specific targets and microtargeted queries, delivers another more powerful set of tools.
The field of #DigitalHealth is rising to the challenge, pressed to meet the shared security threat that goes across traditional borders, public and private, volunteer and professional lines.
We’re all in this together is becoming a self-evident truth.
Stay safe out there!