COVID-19 has brought several data-related challenges, questions, and issues to the surface.
The pandemic requires data to be entered, used, and shared globally like never before.
Data entry services in the COVID-19 era must be accurate, efficient, and secure at all times.Throughout the pandemic, we have seen several errors in data entry with catastrophic results.
For example, in Idaho, a mistake in data entry caused hundreds of COVID-19 cases to be classified incorrectly.In early March 2021, there was a discrepancy between the number of cases on record with Boise's Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Additionally, there is an ongoing investigation into the accuracy of data entry in Texas regarding how nursing homes and assisted living facilities report COVID as the cause of death.In September of 2020, it was reported that just under 4,500 people passed away from COVID-19 in these facilities since the beginning of the pandemic.
However, urgency should never take precedent over accuracy.Ultimately, decision-makers and leaders rely on data to be accurate to make smart, informed choices that promote all people's health and safety.