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NHS Digital unveils new COVID-19 tracking dashboard

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NHS Digital has unveiled a new dashboard that will allow the public to track the progression of COVID-19 throughout communities in England.

Developed in partnership with TrueCue, the Neighbourhood View, which is currently in Beta stage, brings together coronavirus triage data, combined with coronavirus cases, to show the latest trends, numbers and rates of coronavirus across each Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) in England.

The MSOA map allows people to see cases within small areas – as little as 7,000 people. The aim is that a user will be able to freely access and search any postcode for information about a neighbourhood and understand the presence of the virus in that area.

Data is refreshed daily and displays the most recent 10 weeks of information, and is based on the number of people with coronavirus identified through an NHS lab or from commercial swab testing and the triage of coronavirus symptoms through NHS Pathways by calls to NHS 111 and 999, as well as through NHS 111 online.

TrueCue, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Aire Logic, worked directly with NHS Digital to design the dashboard.

Tim Archer, analytics director at TrueCue, said: “Throughout the crisis we’ve seen the need for advanced analytics at every turn.

Inherently, this awareness has transcended to the public; people have become much more data literate. Because of this, we need to provide the public with instant, readily accessible information. The creation of Neighbourhood View does just that.

“The data available within the dashboard is based on publicly information data. Centralising this into a single platform means the public now have instant access to information, enabling them to understand the presence of the virus in a particular area.

“We’re confident this will make a seismic difference to communities right across England.”

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