Why We Created This Collection
As with most public health emergencies, consistent and reliable information is essential in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Across the globe, digital health technologies are being leveraged to support communication and information sharing, disease monitoring and surveillance, and the delivery of healthcare services including the COVID-19 vaccine.
Data management and digital health technologies are being used to address important questions relevant to COVID-19 pandemic response including, but not limited to:
- Where are infections spreading and what populations are most at risk?
- What is the capacity of health systems for testing and treating COVID-19 patients?
- Do health systems have a sufficient amount of ventilators, intensive care units (ICUs), and personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- What areas should be prioritized for targeted vaccination planning?
- Where are there gaps in service coverage? What communities lack access to COVID-19 vaccines?
The implementation of digital health solutions in COVID-19 response is critical for increasing our understanding of the disease, improving health system capacities for diagnosis and treatment, and slowing the spread of infections. To support national governments, health care workers, decision makers, researchers, and implementing partners in accessing the power that digital information systems can offer, Knowledge SUCCESS has curated this collection of essential resources.
The intention of this collection is to assist professionals in 1) examining the role of digital health technologies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) addressing gaps in the application of these technologies, and 3) adapting and deploying digital tools to support program monitoring and data collection in their own contexts.
How We Chose the Resources
The Knowledge SUCCESS Team conducted a broad search for literature and initiatives related to health information systems (HIS), data, and digital strategies for COVID-19. With support from the USAID COVID Response team, the identified materials were pared down to a curated collection of the most essential resources for data management and digital health.
The following criteria were used to determine which resources to include in the collection:
- Representative of existing tools and systems for gathering data
- Useful to COVID-19 response managers or implementors
- Relevant and applicable to multiple countries and settings
- Detailed documentation of regional examples