The NHS is ratcheting up its use of patient data as it battles the coronavirus, with reports that it is working with a number of technology companies on a new system to help manage resources in responding to the pandemic.
The data science and tech communities are continuing to join the fight against the spread of coronavirus with the launch of a new symptom tracking app in the UK, designed for all consumers whether they have caught the virus or not.
The coronavirus pandemic is fuelling uncertainty for many business but the rise of working from home is leading to huge growth for firms operating virtual private networks (VPN), with the UK experiencing a 48.1% growth in the use of business VPNs over the past fortnight alone.
Men are not only dominating the tech industry they are actively having a negative impact on their female colleagues, with nearly half (49%) of women experiencing some form of discrimination in the tech workplace, while 20% have resigned from a role in the past because of discrimination or harassment.
The Government has handed out £90 million in funding for three UK "future transport zones" aimed at bringing together academics and experts with businesses and local bodies, to investigate the future of smart and green technology.
Data science and new technology - especially artificial intelligence - are playing a major role in the fight against the coronavirus, and even a possible cure, as the pandemic continues to spread across the world.
Further proof - if it were needed - of the benefits of embracing a data-driven strategy has emerged in a new study which claims to show that by making better use of data, organisations can not only materially increase revenue and reduce operational costs, they can also boost profitability by an average of 12.5% of their total gross profit.
The global data visualisation market is growing by nearly $1 billion (£770 million) a year, and is expected to be top $9 billion (£6.95 billion) by 2026 as data visualisation tools become "business critical" for any company which wants to get the most out their data.