March 09, 2020
I borrow the subject line this week from the first ever telegraph message by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1843. Now, as then, the line is a metaphor for the ages as we focus this week’s newsletter on Coronavirus/Covid-19 and the role of technology in coping with the fallout.
In what must have been the most difficult decision in its 58-year history, HIMSS canceled its conference scheduled for this week in the face of an avalanche of cancellations by attendees and exhibitors. A planned POTUS appearance scarcely registered in the backdrop of concerns about potential risks in a state that had already declared a public health emergency.
Public health officials across the globe are using technology to map the spread of the virus and communicate with the public on risks and safety measures. Workers in the lowest income categories, especially those on hourly wages, are especially vulnerable to income loss. Technology firms are stepping up to offer their online collaboration platforms free to educational institutions and others to cope with the disruption.
The biggest impact for the healthcare sector may be in the increased adoption of telehealth platforms. Doctors are advising consumers to seek medical advice through tele-consults in an effort to minimize contact with patients. As part of an $8 billion emergency spending bill, the government will allow Medicare providers to extend telemedicine services to seniors regardless of where they live.
We lost an iconic leader in the business world last week. I look back on my years in Jack Welch’s GE in the nineties.
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“The days of patients being kept in the dark are over,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
While the tech world has been long used to virtual collaboration tools, many traditional industries are now learning to embrace these tools.
The tech world is stepping up with free software to help employees work remotely as we get through the crisis.
Healthcare workers are among our most vulnerable populations.
Tech workers in many firms have been asked to work from home, and all international travel is banned in some companies.
Low-income workers depending on getting to a place of work may be hardest hit.
Coping with the pandemic involves all of government, not just the health system.
The bill will allow Medicare providers to extend telemedicine services to seniors regardless of where they live, at an estimated cost of $500 million.
Telehealth adoption has been constrained by lack of parity in reimbursements with in-person visits. That could change and take telehealth mainstream.
The virus is mutating as it spreads. By tracking mutations, scientists are creating a family tree in nearly real time, which they say can help pinpoint how the infection is hopping between countries.
As the virus spreads rapidly, the pressure is on for drug makers to bring a vaccine into the market.
There is no “training data” for black swan events such as the coronavirus. Chatbot algorithms may have limited or no value in symptom checking for Covid-19.
The proponents of data access declare it to be a fundamental right for consumers. Those who stand to profit – or lose – from open access to patient data have different points of view.
What it felt like to work at GE in the late nineties when Jack was at the height of his fame and powers.
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