Data Fuels Detection: How to Prevent Epidemics Using Data

Rebecca Fein, Leila R Kalankesh



Data for prevention and tracking of disease should begin prior to the outbreak. The bottleneck for early detecting outbreaks is data. The data are collected from different points of care and aggregated, then analyzed centrally to warn us about what is happening. However, this current pandemic has not utilized data for prevention and tracking in a meaningful way. We believe the prevention problem is the data problem and it should be addressed to prevent the future pandemics  in an effective way.


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