COVID-19 project

Hi everyone,

The COVID-19 project is slowly growing, especially with archetypes that have been developed in response to the project requirements related to the virus. Inspired by some of the common requirements identified in the COVID-19 incubator, NT (AU) requirements and Chinese guidelines, I built some new archetypes for use in the Chinese data modelling. @siljelb tells me that she’s already been re-using them in her Norwegian COVID-19 modelling and finding them useful.

While they have been developed in response to COVID-19 modelling, the are not specific for the virus only. For example, the screening questionnaire family of archetypes are a common pattern that will support generic systematic questioning in most consultations and many questionnaires around symptoms, conditions and management. So they will become integrated into our ongoing library of models.

The new models in the COVID-19 incubator were designed as part of a quick reaction to a problem and will remain in the incubator as long as they are required. They have inspired the development of these newer archetypes now present in the project.

If you are currently modelling data sets now, particularly in response to COVID-19, I suggest you take a look at the new archetypes in the COVID-19 project and update your local modelling repository.

If you identify new requirements that you need to support your COVID-19 modelling please let us know. Silje has suggested two over the weekend which we will build early this week - Roth Score and the HS-score.

This is a great opportunity to build models to support current health priorities around the world.

Thanks for your support and collaboration.




Hard hitting NEJM article just published from the head of the influential Commonwealth Fund health policy institute, about data and testing issues impeding containment of epidemic in USA.

’ The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more American lives in one month than the entire Vietnam War. A lack of testing — and a gap in critical information — has accelerated this tragedy. “That the United States is failing such a simple test of its capacity to protect public health is shocking,” writes the Commonwealth Fund’s Eric Schneider, M.D., in a perspective for the New England Journal of Medicine . Although the U.S. is awash in big data, we’ve failed at forecasting the spread of a major pandemic. Reopening state economies without accurate data, Schneider says, “seems a peculiarly American form of madness.” ’