What if decision-makers had access to more real-time data? For instance for the analysis of mobility or monetary transactions? This would enable an assessment of how the movement of people through a population can contribute to disease spread. Or the estimates of the effects of an outbreak or epidemic on economic outcomes.
Some of this data is publicly available, while some is held by private institutions where it typically has a commercial value. We can mitigate the fallout of future health emergencies through better use of it and advanced analytics.
The sensitive and sophisticated use of real-time, granular, accurate data from multiple sources and sectors is limited. So much so that that identifying, responding to and recovering from health emergencies will continue to be constrained. The requirements for lifting those constraints is to radically improve our use of data and analytics in that respect.