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Open Access Advancing TB research using digitized programmatic data

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The use of real-world data from national TB care programs has great potential to answer key research questions in TB control and is now opportune due to increasing digital data collection and storage. We summarize an expert stakeholder workshop conducted on this topic in October 2019, with perspectives from academics, national TB program officers, and data managers. We discuss challenges and opportunities in the use of TB programmatic data for research and describe digital data availability in two large, high TB burden countries, Brazil and South Africa. From this, we posit that with a standardized data collection set, improved data management, and greater collaboration, more TB programmatic data can be used for research with measurable public health impact.

Keywords: TB programs; data sharing; digital health

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: 1: Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA 2: Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale University School of Public Health, New Haven, NJ, USA, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil 3: National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Division of the National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa 4: Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia 5: Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2021

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