Hi, yes, even though it is very pleasant to share such contents among discussions. No matter how much complexity add in our simulatable computing space, it cannot comprehensively all the social to biological factors into it. But a model is model. It can represent the reality to a degree and in this case, nicky case as always have explained to nature of complex systems interpretation of pandemics.
That aside, we must be urged to discuss on state of Public Health from Informatics perspective.
These are the times, when : Health is Wealth materialized in real terms. Our Health is their Wealth. Which means algorithmization and datafication of health in terms of individualized medical care (tracking) applications which measures vitals and reports to a meta algorithms which in turn aids the generation of profit and power for State and Coporation using economics of scale are not a thing of a future but were just crystallized during these public health crisis times.
We are a community, who have in the past and in the near past have looked informatics from informatics angle - such a narrowdness and introvert view of the subject itself has limited us a ignorant move and approach.
In the response for mass surveillance apps, services, etc… the whole medical industry is just going to disintegrate the public health infrastructure in place a very good fertile ground for health care privatization in terms of informatics.
A new contradiction will be born. There might be nationalization of public health facilities like hospitals, and primary health centres, and reinitiation of disease monitoring, reporting, etc… but at the same time there will be privatization of informatics of medical care and public health care will be infused into it.
In the recent past : How menustration apps monetize the personal body data
Now we have credit apps in the rise that exploit migrant labourers and non functioning small shops and sometimes threaten them to legal and social humiliation on the rice.
We have DHIS2 in public health care informatics side, but how much the state use it and civil society pressess it to use it are not known. A critical perspective, is needed to counter the “appification” strategy now handled by big capital and they dont need to urge, everything will happen like domino stack.