It is an undisputed fact that data, and thereby evidence, is an essential pre-requisite for developing any kind of actionable clinical insight in medicine today. In fact, the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence relies entirely on the free availability of high-quality datasets. Unfortunately, as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic right now, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence tools are not part of our armory simply due to lack of availability of base data. Hence, we have created Cov.Base — a repository of clinical data of COVID-19. This is a joint effort between CARING — the Centre for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neurosciences & Genomics and IGIB — the Institute for Genomics & Integrative Biology.
Cov.Base enables anyone with access to COVID-19 clinical data to upload, anonymise and safely store their medical data which can be used by researchers in the future to come up with effective preventive and treatment pathways for patients with COVID-19 infection.