How might we use data collection and analysis tools to increase our understanding of the disease, better track exposure and enhance communication?
Data analysis tools are important for informing decision-making, resource deployment and containment strategies. How might we develop context-appropriate tools to increase our understanding of the disease, better track exposure and enhance communication?
What tools already exist that we could build upon, test and rapidly deploy to facilitate data collection and analysis?
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I envision a simple app that gathers the following:
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Combining expertise from IBM's global network of research labs with its experience in humanitarian disaster r
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