Understanding the infodemic and disinformation in the fight against COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak and the corresponding response have been accompanied by a massive infodemic, an excessive amount of information that makes it difficult for people to find reliable sources and reliable guidance. This makes the pandemic more severe, harming more people, and jeopardizing the reach and sustainability of the global health system.
The potential of frequently used information technologies during the pandemic
Information technologies, particularly cell phones, have become the primary way that people, governments, and health institutions work, interact, share information, exchange and generate knowledge, and communicate. Frequently used information technologies include the Web, Chatbots, Applications, Social networks, and Internet-based text, video and voice services amongst others.
Why data breakdown is important during a pandemic
Data breakdown refers to the separation of information collected into smaller units to elucidate underlying trends and patterns. High-quality, accessible, reliable, timely, open and trustworthy disaggregated data is critical to generating valuable information for real-time decision making.
Why are electronic health records important during a pandemic?
Electronic health records facilitate the use of telemedicine for monitoring patients who have COVID-19 at home and continuity of care for patients with negative results that can be treated remotely.
Teleconsultation during a Pandemic
In situations where a pandemic is declared, feelings of anxiety and uncertainty can overwhelm people, and health systems can struggle to cope with exponential and out-of-control demand. Teleconsultations are a safe and effective way to evaluate suspected cases and guide the diagnosis and treatment of the patient, minimizing the risk of transmission of the disease.
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