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Chatbots in the coronavirus response

Conversational interfaces like chatbots and voice apps are in the frontline of the global coronavirus response. In another post of my blog I spoke about maps, dashboards and APIs used in the fight agains coronavirus. Today I want to talk about the use of chatbots in the coronavirus response. I have advocated for chatbots in…

Virus Basics for Product Managers working in solutions against COVID

The COVID pandemic increased the general public's interest in public health and health sciences, and pushed a new wave of e-health products that aimed to identify symptoms early and limit transmission through contact tracing and followup. Learning about viruses and understanding how they work is vital if you want to build solutions against COVID. Hundreds…

Privacy in the times of coronavirus

This pandemic is fought with medical care, information and data. As already discussed, data can be very useful to fight disease and a lot of technology initiatives are already dedicating efforts to fight coronavirus through databases, dashboards, chatbots, 3D printing of medical supplies, work and delivery groups... In this crisis governments are fully aware of…

The challenge of coronavirus control in African countries

On Jan 30, 2020, WHO declared the current novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On March 11th the WHO raised the alert and declared it a pandemic. It's the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 "swine flu" in 2009. However, all…

Maps, dashboards and APIs in COVID-19 data projects

This is a collection of resources for inspiration, design patterns and data sets you can use to stay informed or as you work on your own data project around COVID-19. Dashboards & Maps While dashboards have their disadvantages (my ex-colleague Lucy can convince you, this is her blog post) they are very appreciated by a…

Eva, the chatbot for health, can now answer questions about coronavirus and send alerts about the #covid19 crisis

The World Health Organisation has officially declared the Coronavirus a pandemia. My previous experience working as a technology consultant in public health has led me to be increasingly interested in disease and, specifically, in transmission processes and in the power of data to predict, prevent and control outbreaks, as well as in the power of…

My thoughts and 5 TED talks about humans, epidemics and data

Humans can leverage the power of data to combat epidemics such as the coronavirus outbreak that has put the world in siege during the first quarter of 2020. Epidemiology Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health. It plays a…

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