The Covid-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on health systems across the world. Drawing on lessons from MERS-CoV, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries were better prepared than most to respond. Nations had to react rapidly to start gathering real time data, indicators and clinical evidence, and to adapt to a constantly changing public health landscape in order to optimise the sharing of healthcare resources. An important question continues to face health systems: how do we build a complete view of the outbreak, integrating the most accurate frontline dashboard data from primary, secondary and social sectors with contact tracing and citizen sourced data to increase the precision of our predictions and build the most efficient ecosystem response? And where do we draw the new privacy lines? It is also important to understand how to integrate the data from different sources and organisations and how to enhance the strategic values of the collected data. As healthcare leaders contemplate the “long tail” of the outbreak, we hear from a prominent regional health leader on the preparedness of health systems to fully optimize the value of data when it really is vital: during a health crisis.
Understand the key features of a strong, data-driven response to a health crisis.
Analyse lessons from the current crisis, including the importance of rapid data collation, evaluation and sharing with key stakeholders.
Understand the gaps and challenges in the collection, standardization, and management of data, taking into account privacy and communication to the public.
Identify the strategic value of a high quality data management system.