Public health laboratories have been collecting and distributing data for decades, focused on the best practice of accessing the minimum patient data necessary to do the job required. But when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the US in 2020, public health laboratories began amassing data in unprecedented quantities. As discussed in the feature of this issue of Lab Matters, while the public health system has worked constantly to improve cybersecurity and data privacy protocols, there are many layers of protection that public health laboratories must engage in to ensure data accuracy, as well as to secure data for multiple uses.
Here are a few of this issue’s highlights:
- SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Monitoring: A Tool to Support COVID-19 Public Health Decision Making
- “The future isn’t what it used to be”: Managing Data Privacy in Kenya in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic Response
- Advances in Testing Mark 2020 World AIDS Day
- Connecting NBS Laboratorians and Epidemiologists to Understand Data Capabilities
- Strengthening Electronic Laboratory Reporting for Response
- Building Capacity While Fighting COVID-19 in New Mexico