Pharmaceutical giant Roche has launched a data science initiative, designed to bring together public and private organisations to work with the global community to develop solutions to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Led by the company’s Canadian operation, the Roche Data Science Coalition will aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and healthcare data to better inform patient care and health system decision making.
The Coalition has developed a centralised location for curated publicly available population datasets, which will be gathered from sources across the globe and used to enhance Covid-19 research. This will focus on informing the management of the global pandemic, as well as providing the scientific and research community with a robust foundation for current As patient level data is an important part of understanding and responding to Covid-19, the and future patient-level data work.
The Coalition is also making a patient self-assessment tool available that can be used by anyone suspected to have or has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Patients can self-report data and an anonymised Covid-19 dataset will be prepared and shared with the Roche Data Science Coalition data repository, where it will be made freely available to the research community.
Patients will also be able to use this data, with their healthcare professionals providing an overview of their symptoms and health history, which could help them to make more informed and efficient assessments based on the patient’s data.
The Coalition has officially launched a challenge administered by Kaggle, an online community of data scientists and machine learners, called the United Network for Covid-19 Data Exploration and Research.
Roche Data Science Coalition datasets will be made accessible to the public on the Kaggle website, calling out to a community of 4.3 million users to answer questions that will focus on capacity management and research studies. The data may also help identify immediate resource and capacity constraints in treating the global coronavirus patient population.
Roche Canada strategic healthcare partner for AI and digital health Fanny Sie said: "It’s critical that data on Covid-19 be collated and accessible in order to address this pandemic. Together with our collaborators, this centralised repository for publicly available and patient reported data can support accelerated research efforts and knowledge mobilisation globally."