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The COVID-19 pandemic shows the promises and shortcomings of data sharing


The spread of COVID-19 puts the added value and limitations of data sharing and technological developments, such as big data and machine learning, to the test. For example, the UK’s National Health Service has launched a project to break down the barriers between its various data silos so that it can track things like how many critical care beds it has available and the wait times in its accident and emergency departments.

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