COVID-19 Executive Orders to rely on data science and other emerging technologies

“On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden began implementation of his administration’s COVID-19 plan, which includes major pushes to collect and release more data on the pandemic and help non-federal entities get better technology to bolster their response.

The COVID-19 plan—established through a set of 10 executive orders—has seven stated goals designed to get the pandemic under control and protect the broadest, most equitable number of Americans. While the use of technology is not mentioned among those goals, the meat of the proposal includes a heavy reliance on data and efforts to improve data collection…”

“One thing not covered by Thursday’s executive orders is exactly how that data will be chopped up and analyzed. While the push to improve COVID-19 data collection does include public-facing dashboards ‘with national and state-by-state level information, consistent with privacy protections, on cases, testing, vaccinations and hospital admissions to make real-time information available to policymakers and the public,’ it does not offer details on the data science that will go into those visualizations and other decision-making efforts.

But the orders do acknowledge that these things are needed, as well as additional technologies to support those efforts.

‘The federal government will facilitate evidence-based decision-making through focused data-based projects,’ the plan states. ‘In addition, critical response activities such as workforce mobilization and vaccination appointment scheduling may require new technology solutions. The federal government will provide technical support to ensure that these systems meet mission critical requirements to support a robust response.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Biden’s Wave of COVID-19 Executive Orders Relies On Data To Implement – By Aaron Boyd, January 21, 2021. Nextgov.

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