Trends Report

Europe's COVID-19 Outlook: Data Sharing Is A Recovery Imperative

April 6th, 2020

Summary

COVID-19 will accelerate sharing as governments and the private sector work to find solutions. Healthcare and supply chains lead the way. Governments may be turning to the private sector for data such as cellphone location, but regulations, including GDPR, still apply in times of crisis. Open data sharing and an influx of telemedicine data create a cultural shift in healthcare. The crisis has highlighted the brittle nature of enterprise supply chains. Open marketplaces create agile, connected supply chains that evolve with supply and demand. As firms recover, data will be key. The proliferation of bad COVID-19 statistics highlights a lack of data literacy in Europe. Firms that want to help their employees become “future fit” should use recovery to spur data literacy education.

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