THE NEXT PANDEMIC
The world wasn’t ready for the COVID-19 pandemic, and researchers compiling the Global Health Security Index say we may still be dangerously unprepared for future pandemics. Experts worry the next one, likely a bird flu, could be even more devastating and disruptive.
But various organizations are already making innovative use of data and analytics so we can better predict, detect, prepare and respond to put the whole world ahead of the next pandemic.
EYES ON THE SKIES
Is the great pandemic yet to come? Some experts, like virologist and former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, believe so. Listen to this conversation with Dr. Redfield as he discusses public health measures taken to combat COVID-19, with an eye toward how decision-makers can use what they learned to fight future outbreaks.
Visualizing the impact of avian flu
Use these dashboards to explore the spread of bird flu globally, as well as among mammals and wild- and domestic-bird populations in the US and state by state.
TAKING TESTS GLOBAL
One of the biggest stumbling blocks in fighting COVID-19 was the inability to test for it in the first place. See how PERSOWN is working to make accurate, low-cost, point-of-care diagnostic testing and secure patient data available instantly to everyone around the world, including those in resource-limited or logistically remote areas.
READDI FOR ANY VIRUS
The emergence of a new virus usually means starting from scratch on drug development. READDI, a global nonprofit initiative that brings together industry, government, philanthropic organizations and academic research institutions, is working to get ahead by developing broad-spectrum antiviral drugs before they’re needed.
PIVOTING PROACTIVELY THROUGH REPURPOSING
Developing new treatments ahead of a virus is one mitigation approach – another is to repurpose existing drugs. You’re likely familiar with some notable examples – like aspirin going from pain reliever to heart treatment or the blood pressure medication turned famous little blue pill for men – but did you know that AI models could help more quickly identify drugs with potential to fight future diseases?
CAPABLE IN ANY CAPACITY
From people to PPE, resources are critical in battling a pandemic.
See how global health care provider Cleveland Clinic worked with SAS to create innovative models to forecast patient volume, medical equipment availability, bed capacity and more.
Government of Odisha
See how the government of this state in eastern India developed an interactive dashboard in partnership with SAS to track cases, allocate medical resources and prepare for future crises.
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