What is SMAART RapidTracker?

SMAART RAPID Tracker is a Research enabled Action oriented Policy Interventions driven by Data platform. It is a policy informatics platform aimed to track geospatial spread of COVID-19 outbreak and policy actions globally.

Data insights and critical trends can facilitate design, development and implementation of interventions, programs and policies to address COVID-19 pandemic. Further, this knowledge repository can facilitate collaboration between academicians, researchers, community organizations, policy makers, students, and government agencies to compare and contract impact of various policy actions globally to respond to COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracking Geospatial spread of COVID-19 using SMAART RapidTracker

Conceptual Framework

SMAART (S-Sustainable, M-Multisector, A-Accessible, A-Affordable, R-Reimbursable, T-Tailored) is a Population Health Informatics (PopHI) framework that was designed using the principles of Data, Information and Knowledge (DIK), Human Centered approach, Information processing theory and humanistic, behavioral and learning theories.


4 key modules constitute RAPID Tracker and includes


This module gathers COVID-19 related data on total and new confirmed cases, recovered cases, and total and new fatality rates across global settings. It describes how the virus’ infection rates, recovery rates, and fatality rates are trending.


Gathers information on guidelines, advisories, and the policy actions taken by various governments at different time points.


Presents data into meaningful information that can help formulate data driven evidence-based interventions, programs, and policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Interactive spatiotemporal visualizations will be utilized to present data trends and insights related to COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.


Aims to be a knowledge repository of reliable and evidence-based digital resources, providing information on the COVID-19 pandemic.


The CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH) brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct impactful, cutting edge research on population health and related outcomes.


NHM, Uttarakhand

The National Health Mission (NHM), Government of Uttarakhand, focuses to strengthen primary health care through grass root level public health interventions based on community ownership.


GDMC, Dehradun

The Government Doon Medical College Dehradun (GDMC) provides advanced Graduate and Post Graduate education to the meritorious students of Uttarakhand across multiple fields of medicine.

The RAPID TRACKER project is conceptualized and led by Dr. Ashish Joshi, a Population Health Informatics expert who has designed, and implemented various technological innovations and interventions using SMAART Informatics framework to support advancement of Sustainable Development Goals across various national and international settings.

Dr. Joshi is presently Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and an investigator at the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

RAPID TRACKER is a collaborative effort of Dr. Ashish Joshi with individual researchers from Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society, New Delhi, India, and Doon Medical College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India having expertise in the field of population health informatics, disease surveillance, and public health, demography, and policy analysis.

Contact Information

Ashish Joshi PhD, MBBS, MPH
Senior Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Email: ashish.joshi@sph.cuny.edu
Phone: 443-570-6018

1. Joshi A, Arora A, Amadi-Mgbenka C, et al. Burden of household food insecurity in urban slum settings. PLoS One. 2019; 14(4):e0214461.
2. Joshi A, Arora M, Malhotra B. Usability Evaluation of a Portable Health Information Kiosk Using a SMAART Intervention Framework. Glob J Health Sci. 2017; 9(8):153
3. World Health Organization
4. Center for Disease Control
5. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

(Last accessed April 24 2020)