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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With the Sudden Shift to WFH, Attracting Talent Will Never Be the Same

A massive work-from-home (WFH) experiment is underway, ignited by the COVID-19 pandemic. By most measures, the experiment is succeeding. An estimated 56% of jobs can be done from home, and currently are. Managers are learning to trust that “out of sight” doesn’t mean decreased productivity or lack of focus. While occasionally straining to meet peak […]

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Banking’s New Reality: Getting Remote Work Right (Part 1 of a Multipart Series)

Before COVID-19, banks’ disaster plans typically covered outages affecting 10% to 20% of their workforce. No bank had a scenario for 100% disruption. But with the pandemic closing offices and branches around the globe and requiring nearly all employees to work from home, the need to enable employees with remote access has overwhelmed even the […]

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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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