Global Public Health Database Support to Population-Based Management of Pandemics and Global Public Health Crises, Part I: The Concept

Prehosp Disaster Med. 2021 Feb;36(1):95-104. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X20001351. Epub 2020 Oct 22.


This two-part article examines the global public health (GPH) information system deficits emerging in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It surveys past, missed opportunities for public health (PH) information system and operational improvements, examines current megatrend changes to information management, and describes a new multi-disciplinary model for population-based management (PBM) supported by a GPH Database applicable to pandemics and GPH crises.

Keywords: global public health; pandemics; population-based management; public health; triage.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Public Health*
  • SARS-CoV-2