Can Data Fight a Pandemic?


Data driven decisions are crucial for any company, but especially for those in the healthcare industry where lives and public health are at stake. From clinical trial data to medical records, various types of health data should be readily available for healthcare leaders to search and analyze.

The emergence of Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone not just in healthcare but in all facets of life. Economies continue to fall, social interactions have come to a stop, and even education has taken a hit as they transition to remote learning. It is an imperative to take action based on data analytics. This is where Elastic Stack comes in. With the various data sources and amount of health data, Elastic Stack would enable healthcare leaders to search and analyze relevant data fast.

The Elastic Stack is a data store, search engine, and analytics platform — all in one. It’s easy to deploy, and delivers relevant results in milliseconds (or less), and comes with a robust ecosystem of solutions and support. 


Elasticsearch enables its users to search for relevant data based on their query that would provide healthcare professionals with the results they need as soon as they need it.

Beats and Logstash enables their users to ingest data from various sources and only get the data they need.

Kibana enables its users to visualize their data and create different types of visualizations for better understanding and analytics. 

These three open-source platforms together have been proven valuable in many other use cases, especially during the pandemic.

A perfect use case for this is the (Fighting Ebola with Elasticsearc: Cause Award Honoree eHealth Africa).

When Ebola struck West Africa late in 2014, eHealth Africa already had the infrastructure in Nigeria and, they quickly helped stop the outbreak. They built a call center application that was going to gather record data at a central location. Centers were spread around the country would get the data, respond to the alerts, and then add in the follow-up alerts, and the rest of the data.

Elastic Stack was used to help improve the call center operations where people called to report symptoms or deaths. Elasticsearch allowed them to index all the different facets of the call center, and Kibana let them set up visualizations and time reports to improve the efficiency of their health care teams.

For healthcare data, protecting patients’ privacy is an utmost concern. This is why security and access are not an issue with Elastic because of its field level and document level security. Healthcare companies can assign roles to their users to limit access based on the user’s role. It can limit users to certain functionalities to keep the data’s integrity.

Elastic Stack has limitless ways of representing data that is very beneficial during this pandemic. Leverage these tools today and email us at