As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, digital health comes into focus. Daily updates from social media channels, mapping tools on the number of people infected, and online news sources keep millions of people across the globe informed. While the speed of information exchange has been staggering, online platforms have also seen a rise in fake news and misinformation.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, digital epidemiology is emerging fast. We are witnessing the involvement of major tech actors who are exploring and exploiting the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and other emerging technologies in predicting, monitoring, and preventing the adverse effects of the crisis.
COVID-19 crisis will further streamline digitalisation in the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other global health organisations. To that end, we have mapped out the COVID-19 outbreak with digital policy issues as per the GIP Digital Watch taxonomy.