Journal article

How Do Data Bolster Pandemic Preparedness and Response? How Do We Improve Data and Systems to Be Better Prepared?

Priyanka Pillai

PATTERNS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021


How are data driving the response for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? How do data support preparedness toward epidemics and pandemics? How do data inform the potential severity and spread of an outbreak? Past infectious disease outbreaks have demonstrated several challenges associated with rapid aggregation, integration, and sharing of data to inform a response during an outbreak. The ongoing pandemic response has demonstrated the value of timely data collection and sharing and the usage of data for decision-making.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE)

Funding Acknowledgements

Funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence (NHMRC CRE), the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE AppID 1116530). The work published in this opinion piece has been mainly drawn from the collective expertise of researchers based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and APPRISE CRE. APPRISE CRE is an Australia-wide network of experts involved in medical, scientific, public health, and ethics research. Special thanks to Professor Jodie McVernon, Dr. Miranda Smith, Associate Professor Douglas Boyle, Dr. Neil Killeen, and many other experts who shared their knowledge with me over the last few years.