Is big data our greatest weapon against COVID-19?

20 May 2020 in Company

Your.MD’s COVID-19 Symptom Mapper was launched on 15 April 2020 - inviting everyone across the globe to log their symptoms and help map the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

Having exceeded 1 million users, Your.MD is bringing together the finest minds in infectious diseases and epidemiology for a virtual roundtable discussion on how to use the insights gained from the mapper’s data to help stop the global spread of the virus.

Join Your.MD’s Chief Medical Officer and former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Prof Maureen Baker on Wednesday 27 May 2020 as she chairs a 1-hour virtual roundtable, featuring a special panel.

Roundtable moderator

Prof Maureen Baker

Prof Baker is Your.MD's Chief Medical Officer and the former Chair of the RCGP. She is a national leader in primary care and digital technology. She joined the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Connecting for Health agency in 2007 and developed standards for digital clinical safety that have been adopted internationally.

Panel members

Dr Aldo A Faisal - Director of the Centre in Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare at Imperial College London

The Centre in Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare at Imperial College London trains PhDs and Clinical PhD Fellows in the use of AI in healthcare. The centre is currently working in partnership with Your.MD to analyse the data obtained from the COVID-19 Symptom Mapper project and help identify insights that may be key to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Hai Nguyen - Lead Epidemiologist at Your.MD

With a background in epidemiology and health statistics, Hai leads Your.MD’s team of epidemiologists and the ongoing analysis of the data from the Your.MD Symptom Mapper project. Available in English, Hindi and Spanish, the mapper collects data on the symptoms experienced by anyone who has or suspects they have COVID-19 worldwide.

Maj Andrew Buckley - Intensive Care and Acute Medical Physician at Ministry of Defence (MoD), Project Lead for OASIS

In support of NHSX, the jHub (the innovation centre for the UK Defence's Joint Forces Command) is running Project OASIS in which COVID-19 symptom and behaviour tracking data are being collated to help the NHS to understand the spread of COVID-19 at a national and local level.

Lauren Harkins - Partnerships Manager and NHSX Project OASIS Lead

NHSX leads the world’s largest digital health and social care transformation programme. It has managed the response to COVID-19 by collaborating with different organisations and using new technology to quickly and securely access vital data for strategic planning of COVID-19 services.

About the event

The panel will be joined by a specially-invited group of infectious diseases doctors and researchers, epidemiologists, immunologists and public health specialists from the UK, Europe and the US.

The aim?

To provide a forum for a lively discussion on what current global research suggests about the true impact of the coronavirus on the world’s population, how the pandemic may unfold and how mass data gathering can effectively slow the spread.

Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Time: 5 to 6 pm BST (GMT +1)


  • 5.00 pm: Welcome and introduction to the COVID-19 Symptom Mapper project
  • 5.15 pm: Panel and guest discussion: What are the challenges and opportunities posed by data collection and current research in the fight against COVID-19?
  • 5.45 pm: Q&A with audience members
  • 5.55 pm: Closing remarks

Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.

The self-care app
Check your health, manage 100s of conditions, track your progress and much more. Download today.