Data collection in the fight against COVID-19

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Data collection in the fight against COVID-19

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Tiago Beck
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Mar 16, 2020

The world is currently battling with the biggest challenge of our generation. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19, also called SARS-CoV-2) is responsible for a sudden and unexpected halt to normal life. This temporary or permanent interruption to work, research, and education has led to a time marked with uncertainty. While maintaining physical distance, we still need to work together to solve this and restore normality to which we have grown so accustomed. 

Teamscope was founded for the purpose of enabling researchers to easily collect secure, reliable, and high quality data everywhere. This ability has never been more critical than now. As COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a standstill, Teamscope is moving forward to assist the front lines in collecting vital data on this virus. It becomes clear how powerful timely data collection is, and how otherwise challenging it is to rigorously collect information in demanded, and often stressful, situations. 

In a time of high resource constraints, the small computers in our pockets suddenly become fundamental instruments in understanding this global crisis. Securely collecting and sharing accurate data on COVID-19 cases helps not only the researchers but can assist overwhelmed health care systems in planning and distributing vital and inadequate resources.

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Early investigations protocols

The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a case report form (CRF) that governments and research centers can use to collect data on new cases. The clinical data collected with this form will be important to improve case definition, understand the epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19, quantify the spread, frequency and the impact on communities.  

This COVID-19 form is available in the following link.

The WHO is vital in the global effort on restricting the impact of this crisis. While previous epi- and pandemics have relied on pen and paper tools to track cases, electronic data capture systems now result in less human error, it enables less necessary human contact, and ability to validate and share the data among hospitals, regions, countries and continents. This development itself plays a fundamental role in protecting researchers and medical professionals in their efforts to hem this virus.  

Capturing data with mobile devices

The technological infrastructure of the world's majority of healthcare facilities is sadly highly limited and while the amount of computers for collecting data on COVID-19 cases will not increase exponentially, health care workers around the world already carry with them suitable mobile data collection devices - their mobile phones.

Teamscope is proud to facilitate the usage of the COVID-19 case report forms in our platform. Researchers can now benefit from validated and already set up COVID-19 CRFs in a secure, and offline data collection environment, and benefit from the data visualization capabilities already included in Teamscope.

Since last week, Teamscope has already been assisting the Italian Society of Infectious Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) in the fight against COVID-19 in Italy. Within a few days SIMIT has launched our mobile application in 41 hospitals across Italy and will be managing their COVID-19 data on the Teamscope platform.

Conclusion

Epidemiological data is what allows us to connect the dots. At this point, the dots of COVID-19 are spread out with apparent chaos and so identifying and tracking as many cases as possible will clarify this entropy and help to shield high-risk areas. With the dangers of COVID-19, it becomes clear how data can save lives. 

Researchers that wish to use Teamscope as part of their study on COVID-19, you may reach out to our support team (support@teamscopeapp.com).

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Tiago Beck

As long as I can remember medicine, and in particular neuroscience has been my fascination. I am currently a Research Master of Neuroscience student at the Erasmus Medical University in Rotterdam. I have been exploring countries and medical fields my whole life and it has ultimately lead me to the Netherlands where next to uni, I work as an student researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center and write blogs here and there. And this is just the beginning...

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