Digital technology has been widely used in health care systems and disease management, as well as in controlling the spread of COVID-19. As one of the most successful countries in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan has successfully used digital technology to strengthen its efforts in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. Taiwan has a well-established National Health Insurance System (NHIS), which provides a great opportunity to develop a nationwide data linkage model in an agile manner. Here we provide an overview of the application of data linkage models for strategies in combating COVID-19 in Taiwan, including NHIS centralized data linkage systems and "from border to community" information-driven data linkage systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we discuss the dual role of digital technologies in being an "enabler" and a "driver" in early disease prevention. Lastly, Taiwan's experience in applying digital technology to enhance the control of COVID-19 potentially highlights lessons learned and opportunities for other countries to handle the COVID-19 situation better.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24294
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 7 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Data linkage
  • Digital health
  • Digital technology
  • Infectious disease
  • Management
  • National Health Insurance System
  • Prevention
  • Spread
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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