There are signs the COVID-19 pandemic has created momentum to modernize the nation’s creaky, fragmented public health data system, in which nearly 3,000 local, state and federal health departments set their own reporting rules and vary greatly in their ability to send and receive data electronically.
With grants management taking on more importance in the pandemic, state and local governments are turning to cloud-based systems to streamline processing and reporting.
In a cybersecurity advisory, the National Security Agency warned mobile device users that they could be inadvertently revealing their location and risking missions.
The approach could provide more accurate medium-term hurricane forecasts, allowing meteorologists to issue more timely warnings to communities in the path of potentially deadly storms.
Although standardizing the data states and localities publish is essential to COVID response. public health officials say providing better data isn’t so simple.
The COVID-19 Insights Partnership creates a framework for the Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs to take advantage of the high performance computing and artificial intelligence resources at the Department of Energy to conduct cutting-edge COVID-19 research.
Once the right technology, infrastructure and people are in place, agencies can begin harnessing their data to create significant value.
Since the system went live April 1, it has contributed to more than 30 interceptions and arrests of suspects in crimes such as car, license plate and trailer thefts and even the recovery of a runaway.
The National Institutes of Health has launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic.
Changes in the reporting of the data will make it harder for health and public officials, as well as the general public, to understand how the virus is spreading.