An article published in Nexus Public Policies shows the reality and the search for solutions to improve the collection and analysis of Covid-19 data in the country.
The Covid-19 pandemic showed the importance of having reliable and qualified data to define public policies. The need to respond quickly to the crisis also revealed problems in the collection and analysis of information generated by public health services. Fragmented data, incomplete forms and the lack of flow of collection and analysis are among the challenges faced by states and municipalities in managing this information.
In the case of the coronavirus, the three most important systems for the visibility of the pandemic – Sivep, GAL and e-SUS VE – provide fragmented information that hinders a broader understanding of the scenario. Impulso, one of the organizations responsible for the CoronaCidades platform, has worked side by side with state and municipal civil servants in efforts to overcome these challenges.
In an article published in Nexus Public Policies, João Abreu and Isabel Opice, co-founders of the organization, report experiences accumulated along this path. In one of them, the automation of a statewide epidemiological bulletin saved 100 hours a week of servers, allowing them to redirect time to other intelligence activities and planning the response to the coronavirus. In another solution addressed in the article, the creation of an electronic flu syndrome notification form improved the visualization of data on covid-19 in the municipalities.
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