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Extreme social distancing

March 16, 2020

For the coming weeks, this newsletter will focus on curating articles from credible sources that provide useful information on the coronavirus crisis. We will continue to highlight the role of technology in responding to the crisis. We will also include pieces that will guide us in adjusting to the life of social distancing in the near term to “flatten the curve.”

In contrast to nationally coordinated responses across the globe, Americans are developing and executing response strategies one business, one state, one city at a time without guidance from the top. Tech firms such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon set the tone early and decisively by restricting travel and imposing remote working requirements on employees and contractors. Healthcare institutions across the board have stepped up their preparedness for testing and treatment. Providence Health in Seattle has demonstrated exemplary leadership in responding to the outbreak at Ground Zero. The CDC is doing its best to keep Americans informed. Healthcare workers are concerned for their own safety as the shortage of testing kits threatens to hamper the response to the crisis. Across the land, businesses are giving away products and services for free to support individuals and institutions impacted by the crisis.

In my latest podcast episode, we feature Diana Nole, Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Health. Diana speaks about not just how they are enabling the digital transformation of the healthcare and education sectors, but also their own internal transformation. Take a listen.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

CDC- Situation Summary

The official site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updated information and guidance on the coronavirus.

Tracking Every Coronavirus Case in the U.S.: Full Map

As of Saturday afternoon, at least 2,443 people in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, according to a New York Times database, and at least 50 patients with the virus have died.

Flattening A Pandemic’s Curve: Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives 

The advice is simple: don’t go out if you don’t have to.

Health Care Priorities For A COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: Recommendations To The Administration, Congress, And Other Federal, State And Local Leaders From Public Health, Medical, Policy And Legal Experts

A group of nearly 35 experts in public health, medicine, policy and law publishes a framework to protect the health of all Americans in the face of this unprecedented epidemic. 

Fever-Detecting Goggles and Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Notwithstanding the glitches, apps that use geolocation and other technologies to track the infected and monitor the spread of the virus are proving to be effective in several countries.

Coronavirus Prompts Hospitals to Fast-Track Telemedicine Projects

Technology is helping hospital CIOs with tasks such as nudging older patients to use videoconferencing and making sure some employees can work remotely. Could be a tipping point for telemedicine.

Covid-19 will be the ultimate stress test for electronic health record systems

The limitations of data models in our EHR systems and what IT execs and clinicians can do to manage within the constraints.

Hackers are seizing on coronavirus fears to steal data, researchers and U.S. regulators warn

Cyber criminals are preying on the panic to launch phishing attacks and insert malicious code into enterprise systems. 

Mapping Misinformation In The Coronavirus Outbreak

Online misinformation is a scourge we have to live with. Here’s a quick primer on how to avoid being misled.

How to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety

The novel coronavirus is making everyone anxious. But there are ways to cope.

IT Spending Forecasts Take a Hit as Coronavirus Slams Global Markets

IT spending is always correlated to economic activity. As with any crisis, the impact will be unevenly felt.

Your Open-Floor Office Could Help Spread Coronavirus

Tech companies and coworking firms helped spread the popularity of collaborative office seating. Now, those open and more compact spaces may help spread the coronavirus.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast -Episode #38: With Diana Nole, Chief Executive Officer, Wolters Kluwer Health

“Digital front door is just the start for digital transformation.”

The WITCH Monthly Monitor (February)

Our monthly update on major global IT consulting and services firms in healthcare. It provides latest financial and market performance updates on WITCH companies along with other global IT consulting firms.

Fear, loathing and profits – the battle over data access and data privacy in healthcare

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.

White paper: What health systems must do to accelerate digital transformation

Our latest white paper explores how health systems can accelerate digital transformation.

The WITCH Report: 2019 Mid-Year Review

A review of the financial and market performance of global technology consulting firms in healthcare.


Coronavirus conversations

March 23, 2020 Starting this week, I am doing a series of podcast interviews with healthcare IT leaders who are now in the spotlight as

What Hath God Wrought?

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,

No handshakes, please. Namaste.

March 02, 2020 As I write this, HIMSS2020 is set to proceed as scheduled, with additional precautions to prevent any possible risk of infection with