How can data and AI help us tackle contact research efficiently and effectively?

Contact research is seen as one of the most important interventions that contribute to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. This requires a huge human effort, which can be supported and relieved by reliable and effective technological support. Combining existing data sources can provide a faster and better understanding of outbreaks at local level, while at the same time protecting privacy. Technologies such as crowd computing can reduce the time a health professional spends on contact research. And insight into ‘dark data’ shows us what essential data we lack to conduct contact research in a reliable and efficient way.

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