Fast-paced data collecting
Needless to say that the crisis in 2020-2021 was the main catalyst for the quick adaptation of digitized healthcare apps such as CovidSafe. Renout points out the acceleration of adaption. Back in time, CRM systems took ten years to be fully embraced, followed by marketing automation which got adopted more quickly. The newest customer data platforms are now being included in no time. Not to mention the exponential growth with AI that is in front of us. This brings us to AI's necessary source: data.
The main goal of Digitaal Vlaanderen is collecting data, which back in the days was a hell of a task: working with old data, strict GDPR-rules, and agreements between different institutions. History teaches us that we know that a crisis connects and this time, the common goal encourages us to join forces and share data.
Although it might seem as if these apps appeared without warning, it is based on investments from the past that made it possible. “The reason why we were able to react as quickly and to the point on these changes was due to investments and efforts that were already been made”, thus Barbara. “Our collaboration with research center Sciensano months before made that we could act fast. Next to that, data sharing platforms, such as MAGDA and low coding accelerated the process.“