"It needs digitization to fight a pandemic" - CSH

“It needs digitization to fight a pandemic”


Jan 18, 2021

Lockdowns are old news. Using modern day tools is crucial to combat “the” virus.

 

Maybe the most crucial one is digitization.

 

In a commentary for the Austrian daily  “Der Standard”, CSH president and complexity scientist Stefan Thurner explains why a drastic push for the digitization of public health care is key in combating the current pandemic (or let’s say: pandemics in general).

 

Why were some Asian-Pacific countries so successful in stopping the virus spread? Their advantage was a preset of logistics, Stefan writes.

 

We saw it already: Key in the fight against COVID-19 is time. “It is crucial to quickly detect those who are infected and isolate them and their immediate surroundings,” Stefan explains. The quicker a system can respond—that is, the shorter the time between test and result or the time until certain groups are quarantained—the fewer people must be isolated alltogether.

 

However, if detection and isolation does not happen (fast enough), we end up to have everyone quarantined, that is, with a lockdown, a measure that is far more pervasive. In fact, while many of us are experiencing a lockdown for the first time, it is a very old measure, first introduced in the 15th century to combat the plague. “Only with digitalized public health care systems we have a chance to be faster and thus better,” claims Stefan. “Without digitalization we are not much more advanced than we were back then.”

 

Coherence instead of patchworks

 

Digitization means access to a fast and steady stream of data from data sources to doctors, nurses, health care units, pharmacies, testing and vaccination centres as well as to data analytics, and from there to decision-makers, communicators, and the media. Helpful data sets must not only include entries on infections to enable an effective contact tracing. We need much more detailled data such as actual information on hospital capacities, pre-existing conditions of patients, the immunization status of the population, or prevention measures.

 

“In comparison, the data that is currently being processed resembles a patchwork of incoherent, incompatible, non-accessible fragments of information. The current pandemic exposes the shortcomings of our public health care systems and shows how outdated our response mechanisms are.”

 

Yet, the moment could as well be a turning point to the better. “A lot of frustration would be avoidable if you start early. With the theoretical know-how and talent [let us add: as the one the Complexity Science Hub Vienna offers], we could achieve a digitization leap.” Ultimately, we all rely on a comprehensive and connective system for the future, “because this pandemic will very likely not be the last.”

 

 

Read Stefan’s [German] commentary here.

 


Press

Ein Jahr Corona


ATV | aktuell, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Was du selbst bei negativem Corona-Test tun musst


Heute, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Sechs Faustregeln, um die Sonne ohne Corona-Bedenken zu genießen


rbb | 24 , Feb 25, 2021

Press

Schutzschild gegen den Lockdown: Funktionieren die vielen Tests?


Der Standard, Feb 25, 2021

News

Feb 18, 2021

(Re)Shaping cities to combat inequality

Publication

J. Korbel, S. Lindner, R. Hanel, S. Thurner

Thermodynamics of structure-forming systems

Nature Communications 12, 1127 (2021)

Publication

G. Tóth, J. Wachs, et al.

Inequality is rising where social network segregation interacts with urban topology

Nature Communications 12, 1143 (2021)

Publication

T. Gessler, G. Tóth, J. Wachs

No Country for Asylum Seekers? How Short-Term Exposure to Refugees Influences Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Hungary

Political Behavior (2021)

Publication

M. Duh, M. Gosak, M. Perc

Public goods games on random hyperbolic graphs with mixing

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 144 (2021) 110720

News

Jan 26, 2021

Lockdowns and mobility in Austria

News

Jan 18, 2021

“It needs digitization to fight a pandemic”

News

Jan 11, 2021

Central European University: the newest Hub member

Press

Ein Jahr Corona


ATV | aktuell, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Was du selbst bei negativem Corona-Test tun musst


Heute, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Sechs Faustregeln, um die Sonne ohne Corona-Bedenken zu genießen


rbb | 24 , Feb 25, 2021

Press

Schutzschild gegen den Lockdown: Funktionieren die vielen Tests?


Der Standard, Feb 25, 2021

News

Feb 18, 2021

(Re)Shaping cities to combat inequality

Publication

J. Korbel, S. Lindner, R. Hanel, S. Thurner

Thermodynamics of structure-forming systems

Nature Communications 12, 1127 (2021)

Publication

G. Tóth, J. Wachs, et al.

Inequality is rising where social network segregation interacts with urban topology

Nature Communications 12, 1143 (2021)

Publication

T. Gessler, G. Tóth, J. Wachs

No Country for Asylum Seekers? How Short-Term Exposure to Refugees Influences Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Hungary

Political Behavior (2021)

Publication

M. Duh, M. Gosak, M. Perc

Public goods games on random hyperbolic graphs with mixing

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 144 (2021) 110720

News

Jan 26, 2021

Lockdowns and mobility in Austria

News

Jan 18, 2021

“It needs digitization to fight a pandemic”

News

Jan 11, 2021

Central European University: the newest Hub member

News

Feb 18, 2021

(Re)Shaping cities to combat inequality

News

Jan 26, 2021

Lockdowns and mobility in Austria

News

Jan 18, 2021

“It needs digitization to fight a pandemic”

News

Jan 11, 2021

Central European University: the newest Hub member

News

Dec 19, 2020

Call for Pan-European Corona strategy

News

Dec 9, 2020

Corona and subway use in Vienna

News

Dec 3, 2020

Cryptofinance: our new research field!

News

Dec 1, 2020

What is a Complex System? A new book explains

News

Nov 25, 2020

Which measures work best? The final results

News

Nov 22, 2020

Blog | Elma Dervic: “Diabetic women at high risk for depression”

News

Nov 19, 2020

New theory of social fragmentation

News

Nov 5, 2020

Dealing with social media’s influence on democracy

Press

Ein Jahr Corona


ATV | aktuell, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Was du selbst bei negativem Corona-Test tun musst


Heute, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Sechs Faustregeln, um die Sonne ohne Corona-Bedenken zu genießen


rbb | 24 , Feb 25, 2021

Press

Schutzschild gegen den Lockdown: Funktionieren die vielen Tests?


Der Standard, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Eine Publikation, über die man spricht – weltweit wohlgemerkt! [Print]


Ärzte Woche, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Was können Heimtests bringen?


Ö1 | Morgenjournal, Feb 25, 2021

Press

Buchrezension: Stefan Thurner “Die Zerbrechlichkeit Der Welt – Kollaps oder Wende. Wir haben es in der Hand.”


life PR, Feb 24, 2021

Press

Wird die brasilianische Virus-Variante zum Risiko für Österreich?


Kurier, Feb 24, 2021

Press

Angst vor 3. Welle [Print]


ÖSTERREICH Insider, Feb 24, 2021

Press

“Müssen gerüstet sein für die Vollbremsung” [Print]


Kleine Zeitung, Feb 24, 2021

Press

Lockdown: Wenig dazugelernt?


ORF Science, Feb 24, 2021

Press

Regierungs-Experten bedroht


oe24, Feb 23, 2021

Publication

J. Korbel, S. Lindner, R. Hanel, S. Thurner

Thermodynamics of structure-forming systems

Nature Communications 12, 1127 (2021)

Publication

G. Tóth, J. Wachs, et al.

Inequality is rising where social network segregation interacts with urban topology

Nature Communications 12, 1143 (2021)

Publication

T. Gessler, G. Tóth, J. Wachs

No Country for Asylum Seekers? How Short-Term Exposure to Refugees Influences Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Hungary

Political Behavior (2021)

Publication

M. Duh, M. Gosak, M. Perc

Public goods games on random hyperbolic graphs with mixing

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 144 (2021) 110720

Publication

M. Gosak, M. Kraemer, H. Nax, M. Perc, B. Pradelski

Endogenous social distancing and its underappreciated impact on the epidemic curve

Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 3093

Publication

D. Shang, et al.

Unconventional uranium in China’s phosphate rock: Review and outlook

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol. 140 (2021) 110740

Publication

G. Caniglia, L. Zenk, E. Schernhammer, M. Bertau, G. Steiner, M. Kainz, C. Jaeger, P. Schlosser, M. D. Laubichler

Scientists’ Responsibility for Global Futures

Science & Diplomacy 48 (2021)

Publication

C. Ceischinger, E. Dervic, M. Kaleta, P. Klimek, A. Kautzky-Willer

Diabetes mellitus is associated with a higher relative risk for Parkinson’s disease in women than in men

Journal of Parkinson's Disease (pre-press) (2021)

Publication

V. Priesemann, et al.

An action plan for pan-European defence against new SARS-CoV-2 variants

The Lancet Vol 397, Issue 10273 (2021) 469–470

Publication

K. Hötte, A. Pichler, F. Lafond

The rise of science in low-carbon energy technologies

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 139 (2021) 110654

Publication

R. de Oliveira, S. Brito, L. da Silva, C. Tsallis

Connecting complex networks to nonadditive entropies

Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 1130

Publication

C. Shen, M. Jusup, L. Shi, Z. Wang, M. Perc, P. Holme

Exit rights open complex pathways to cooperation

Journal of the Royal Society Interface 18 (174)