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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Healthcare, Unbound

Delivering more care through tablets, laptops and mobile phones, whether at home or in another lower cost setting, could help us prevent the next pandemic. For much of the last decade, we’ve envisioned on-demand, “anywhere” delivery of healthcare via a consumer-to business (C2B) platform. The consumer and industry responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are accelerating […]

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AI in Life Sciences: Faster Cures for Viral Disease

COVID-19 is upending life as we know it. The potential effect of this viral disease on mortality and public health, as well as the lasting socioeconomic impact of the crisis, is unfathomable. To mitigate the wide-scale impact of this growing pandemic, our hopes are trained on a vaccine, prophylactic or curative, and the life sciences […]

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Financial Institutions & COVID-19: How to Lead through the Crisis and Prepare for the Next One

The global response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and local social distancing efforts has sent massive supply- and demand-side shocks to retailers, automakers, healthcare companies, and travel and hospitality purveyors. No sector is immune. In fact, banks are already feeling the downstream impact and bracing for longer-term consequences. In our discussions with banks and diversified […]

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Balancing Health Data Sharing with Protections: Great Medicine for Quashing Epidemics

In Singapore, public health officials publish online the locations of the residence, workplace and places recently visited by each newly confirmed coronavirus patient so that other citizens can take appropriate action to protect themselves and their loved ones. In Taiwan, health insurance and immigration agencies combined the 14-day travel histories of local and foreign residents […]

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