Beating the Next Pandemic with a Resilient New Healthcare Supply Chain

The U.S. healthcare supply chain has been caught off-guard by the impact of the novel coronavirus. Shortages have ranged from personal protective equipment (PPE) to pharmaceuticals to ICU beds in some cities. For instance, large healthcare supply distributors warned customers about historic back-order rates and low inventory. Several reportedly turned to allocation, or partial fulfillment, […]

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AI & Data: Our Best Hope for Infectious Disease Prevention, Treatment, Mitigation & Cures

Great challenges require great tools. And in a world where a virus such as SARS-CoV-2 has had a huge global impact in just a matter of months, its complexity and speed require new methods for finding solutions. Advanced forms of artificial intelligence (AI) are already playing a critical role in our pandemic-fighting efforts, and they’re […]

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Truly Portable, Personal & Shareable Health Records Could Prevent Future Pandemics

Go forward in time with us for a few minutes. In late 2023, individuals in gateway cities around the U.S. begin to complain of flu-like symptoms at their monthly telehealth check-ins or when they visit drugstore-based clinics. Whether engaging virtually or in-person, patients authorize their caregivers to have immediate access to their longitudinal health records. […]

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Data, Privacy and the Health of Nations

Numerous governments around the world have started using citizen-generated data in their efforts to understand, and ultimately stop, the spread of the coronavirus. In China, a sophisticated cell phone-based “traffic light” system is being rolled out that indicates whether an infected person is clear to move around as normal, or should continue to self-isolate. In […]

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A Waze-Like Way of Navigating Infectious Disease with Precision Epidemiology

Thanks to a convergence of technology and scientific developments, we’re on the frontier of predicting, treating and mitigating infectious disease at an individual level, as well as across broad mass demographics. Key advancements in realizing this future state include immersive visualization techniques and personalization technologies, open scientific collaboration and data on everything from genomic sequencing […]

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Novel Coronavirus Will Spark a Whole New World of Healthcare

Imagine a world in which a pandemic such as COVID-19 is not a once-every-100-years occurrence but a once-a-decade event. This is not a prediction; neither is it beyond the realm of possibility. A 500-year flooding event has a 0.2% chance of occurring in one year; Houston, Texas, experienced three such events three years in a row. […]

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Like It or Not, We’re in a Race to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Nine months ago, a global enterprise I work with used its substantial resources to simulate the widespread outbreak of an infectious illness. Using our knowledge and experience, as well as publicly available research, we modeled a fictional disease whose behavior turned out to be eerily similar to that of COVID-19. I’m pleased to say that […]

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The Technology Rx to Tame the Virus Monster

The science fiction of yesterday seems like it’s becoming science fact today. Fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things will recall the Shadow Monster, who intended to kill everything and everyone on Earth by spreading a virus via humans. Sadly, as the ever-increasing incidents of pandemics over the last decade have shown, narratives such as the Shadow […]

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Collaboration Without Boundaries: Speeding the Crisis Response with Public-Private Alliances

Crises can bring out the best in people, and the coronavirus is no exception. The level of international collaboration triggered by COVID-19 has transcended baseline expectations and historical precedent.   A raft of public-private alliances between governments, regulators, healthcare providers, scientists, technologists and businesses reveal the global community coming together like never before, ameliorating the […]

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The Fate of the Next Pandemic Lies in What We Eat

If “wet markets” in Wuhan, China, played an early role in the spread of COVID-19, as is widely believed, the coronavirus pandemic has plenty of company: SARS, MERS, Ebola and other diseases also migrated from animals to humans. It’s impossible to overstate the role of the world’s food supply in the suppression or transmission of […]

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