The effects of COVID-19 have rapidly spread across the globe – testing the limits of both the population and the public health sector. High in-demand medical services are countered by disruptions in daily operations as hospitals struggle to function in the face of overcapacity, understaffing, and information deficits. However, efforts to curb the outbreak have been in effect as public health experts look to location data as a means of alleviating the pressure on our already overwhelmed healthcare systems.
In this article for Health IT Outcomes, NextGate’s CTO Daniel Cidon and Loqate’s Vicki Kwiatkowski explore how location data can aid efforts in key areas including contact tracing, heat maps, patient matching and prescription refills during the pandemic.