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The last mile problem of vaccine roll-outs and beyond

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy Martin Luther King Day.

As the nation shifts into gear with the massive effort to roll out vaccinations, the biggest challenge seems to be allocating, distributing, and administering the vaccine in a speedy and equitable way.

While a return to the free travel of pre-pandemic era doesn’t seem to be in sight, everyone might now have to prepare to obtain a new kind of passport – the vaccine passport – without which travel may be restricted to most of us. Big tech firms are getting together with industry standards organizations to enable those that receive vaccines to access and share their immunization records online, an important step to remove barriers to work, travel, and return to some level of normalcy.

The J.P. Morgan and CES conferences concluded last week – virtually, of course, to the disappointment of many. (One person I spoke with lamented particularly the loss of the sensory experience of seeing, touching, and experiencing the gadgets of the future at CES.) We include a couple of summaries of those who drank from the virtual firehose.

Have a great week. 


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Covid-19 Vaccines Are Getting Stuck at the Last Step

Local governments, hospitals, and clinics have the doses but not the resources to organize getting them to the right people. Wall Street Journal

Epic, Cerner and other health IT heavy hitters join forces for Vaccine Credential Initiative 

The new coalition, which also includes Carin Alliance, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, and Salesforce, is using FHIR standards to enable more secure, interoperable access to digital vaccination records. Healthcare IT News 

How COVID unlocked the power of RNA vaccines

The era of RNA vaccines has arrived — and dozens of companies are getting in the game. The technology could revolutionize efforts to immunize against HIV, malaria, influenza, and more. Nature Research

Employers Can’t Fix U.S. Health Care Alone

The decision by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to close Haven, their venture aimed at transforming U.S. healthcare, shows that the challenge is too big for employers. They must ally with the one purchaser that has market power everywhere and that has successfully implemented fundamental changes in healthcare payment and delivery: the federal government and its Medicare and Medicaid programs. Harvard Business Review

Amazon is likely to boost its own healthcare ambitions after exiting Haven JV 

In this insightful piece by Katie Arcieri of S&P Global market intelligence, I share my thoughts on how Amazon will likely find success on their own in healthcare after the Haven chapter comes to a close. S&P Global Market Intelligence

Reporter’s notebook: J.P. Morgan’s 2021 health conference

Reporters daily updates and observations from the Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Modern Healthcare

The Devices, software and health tech headlines of CES 2021

MobiHealth News’ running list of the new health and wellness products from the digital version of this year’s consumer tech show. MobiHealth News

How digital health startups are staying competitive in a fast-growing arena

How digital health startups are navigating the complex healthcare landscape. Spoiler alert: follow the money. MedCity News

Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes

If you’re smart enough to invest in bitcoin, would you write down the access password on a piece of paper? I hope he finds it. The New York Times

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

The inventor of the world wide web takes on the defining technology issue of our time -personal data protection. The New York Times

5 things to know about Google’s $2.1B Fitbit acquisition

Google completes Fitbit acquisition. Kind of. Modern Healthcare 

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Our CEO Paddy Padmanabhan to speak at an upcoming webinar on 'How to shift to Smart Hospitals during Covid-19.' He will discuss an approach to a practical roadmap for digital transformation in healthcare systems. 

Date: Jan 19, 2021 | 11:00 CT. Register here


In this webinar on 'Let's Talk Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2021,' Paddy Padmanabhan will discuss lessons-learned and predictions for the next phase of healthcare’s digital transformation. 

Date: Jan 27, 2021 | 02:00 PM ET. Register here.

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This research paper, based on focus group discussions with CHIME members, discusses the challenges with digital transformation for mid-tier health systems and what CIOs must do to accelerate digital transformation in their organizations.

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