Analysis: How Digital Technology Helped Support Ghana’s COVID Response
Real-time surveillance of reported COVID infections has been key to the global pandemic response. Many tools, devices and apps have been used to support surveillance. China, South Korea and Malaysia developed some early in the pandemic and many others were created by other countries later on.
Some of these platforms will also have a role to play in a post-pandemic world. Enhancements in digital technology, mobile phone networks, and the potential in telehealth systems could help reshape what healthcare looks like in resource-poor settings.
National and sub-national level dashboards are already commonplace. In the UK, for example, the government portal covers the latest daily statistics around cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Countries such as South Korea used mobile phone technology to develop apps that support their testing programmes.
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