‘Excel cannot complete this task’: Drawing parallels between UK Test and Trace and health economic models
You will have likely seen recently that inappropriate use of Microsoft Excel® has led to a major issue with the UK’s Test and Trace system, with the reporting of almost 16,000 positive COVID-19 cases being delayed for over a week due to CSV row number limitations.1 The heart of the issue is the use of Excel to transfer data between one system and another – and, more generally, continuing to use outdated software versions and antiquated methods to transfer data, rather than creating systems that truly talk to each other and operate within the same framework (i.e. that are capable of record storage as well as the powerful analytical analysis required to perform country-wide pandemic modelling).
Whitepaper Oct 30, 2020