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In Journal of medical Internet research ; h5-index 88.0

BACKGROUND : The COVID-19 outbreak required prompt actions by health authorities around the world, in response to a novel threat. With enormous amounts of information originating in sources with uncertain degree of validation and accuracy, it is essential to provide executive level decision makers with the most actionable, pertinent and updated data analysis to enable them to adapt their strategy swiftly and competently.

OBJECTIVE : We report here the origination of a COVID-19 dedicated response in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) with the assembly of an operational Data Center for the Campaign against Coronavirus (ID3C).

METHODS : Spearheaded by directors with clinical, operational and data analytics orientation a multidisciplinary team utilized existing and newly developed platforms to collect and analyze large amounts of information for on an individual-level in the context of SARS-CoV2 contraction and infection.

RESULTS : Nearly 300,000 responses for daily questionnaires were recorded and were merged with other datasets to form unified data lake. By using basic as well as advanced analytic tools ranging from simple aggregation and display of trends to data-science application we provided commanders and clinicians with access to trusted, accurate and personalized information and tools that were designed to foster operational changes and mitigate the propagation of the pandemic. The developed tools aided in the in the identification of high-risk individuals for severe disease, resulted in a 30% decline of their attendance to their units. Moreover, the Corona lab exams queue was optimized by using a predictive model resulted in a high true positive rate of 20%, which is more than twice as high as the baseline rate (2.28 with 95% CI of 1.63-3.19).

CONCLUSIONS : In times of ambiguity and uncertainty mixed with unprecedented flux of information, health organizations may find multidisciplinary teams working to provide intelligence from diverse and rich data, a key factor in providing executives relevant and actionable support for decision making.


Geva Gil Alexander, Ketko Itay, Nitecki Maya, Simon Shoham, Inbar Barr, Toledo Itay, Shapiro Michael, Vaturi Barak, Votta Yoni, Filler Daniel, Yosef Roey, Shpitzer Sagi, Hir Nabil, Perry Markovich Michal, Fink Noam, Glassberg Elon, Furer Ariel