Raising the Bar for COVID-19 Data Integrity and Disease Surveillance

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Seth Hirsch, COO, SES Corporation

Just a few weeks ago, the mood among technologists in the Coronavirus pandemic remained cautiously optimistic about reopening society with the help of testing data, contact tracing apps, and other IT-enabled resources.  But the recent spike in illness – 1.9 million new US cases in July, more than double any other month – is a sobering reboot on a crisis we now understand needs far more IT and data coordination than previously recognized. 

The emerging consensus among epidemiologists is that testing and contact tracing alone are no longer sufficient to contain the virus at its current rate of transmission. Instead, many are calling for more coordination and resources to collect and manage disease data on both a national and international level. 

Let’s take a closer look at the ways IT providers can best support these enhanced requirements – and how success involves nudging Health IT architectures and processes to be more strategic, coordinated, and standardized with data they use in the fight against COVID-19.

A “National Weather Service” Model for Data-Driven Disease Surveillance

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