Osong Public Health Res Perspect.  2020 May;11(3):118-127. 10.24171/j.phrp.2020.11.3.06.

Development and Utilization of a Rapid and Accurate Epidemic Investigation Support System for COVID-19

Affiliations
  • 0Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju,
  • 0Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Sejong,
  • 0Korea Electronics Technology Institute, Seongnam,

Abstract

Objectives

In this pandemic situation caused by a novel coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19), an electronic support system that can rapidly and accurately perform epidemic investigations, is needed. It would systematically secure and analyze patients’ data (who have been confirmed to have the infection), location information, and credit card usage.

Methods

The “Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act” in South Korea, established a legal basis for the securement, handling procedure, and disclosure of information required for epidemic investigations. The Epidemic Investigation Support System (EISS) was developed as an application platform on the Smart City data platform.

Results

The EISS performed the function of inter-institutional communication which reduced the processing period of patients’ data in comparison to other methods. This system automatically marked confirmed cases’ tracking data on a map and hot-spot analysis which lead to the prediction of areas where people may be vulnerable to infection.

Conclusion

The EISS was designed and implemented for use during an epidemic investigation to prevent the spread of an infectious disease, by specifically tracking confirmed cases of infection.


Keyword

epidemic; contact tracing; infectious disease
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