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March 19 · Issue #47 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Howard Luks, Joel Topf, Ethan Weiss, Carrie Diulus, Nancy Yen Shipley, Eric Levi, and Bryan Vartabedian offer accurate representations of the current COVID-19 pandemic followed by a set of actionable steps everyone can utilize; Indu Subaiya and I showcase the resource hub Catalyst @ Health 2.0 created on innovators who are working to address the COVID-19 pandemic; Tony Estrella questions if there are certain considerations that can help shape solutions and design for both screening and diagnostics to fix the critical pain points for COVID-19 testing. On Episode 112 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I comment on all of the digital health activity surrounding COVID-19 and how innovators are trying to help. And on the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to Bruce Greenstein, former CTO at HHS and the Current Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at LHC Group, to share what he’s learned about the federal government’s response to the pandemic. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Starting today THCB is creating a new live show called “THCB Gang”, where 4-6 semi regular guests will be drawn from THCB authors and friends of mine to shoot the shit about health care. Join us live at 1PM PT / 4PM ET! Look forward to seeing you there! Enjoy – Matthew Holt

Mar 19, Howard Luks, Joel Topf, Ethan Weiss, Carrie Diulus, Nancy Yen Shipley, Eric Levi, and Bryan Vartabedian 
Accurate, actionable information during an epidemic can save lives. Physicians are on the front line of this epidemic. Not only are they treating the sick, but they are also cringing at the misinformation spread through both traditional broadcast and social media. Unfortunately, evidence is often slow, methodical, and boring and has a tough time against clicky headlines and exaggeration. This group of physicians offer up an accurate representation of the current COVID-19 pandemic followed by a set of actionable steps you, your loved ones, politicians and local officials can utilize.

Mar 18, Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt
Since the COVID-19 pandemic became very real for all of us in the US a couple of weeks ago, our team at Catalyst @ Health 2.0 has been working on a way to support the wider health tech community. We have created a resource hub on innovators who are working to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to maximize our response efforts to the coronavirus outbreak, we are collecting information on specific solutions for COVID-19 issues from digital innovators in several categories like telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and disaster preparedness. 

Mar 16, Tony Estrella 
Current data is showing that individuals can have COVID-19 without showing symptoms during the first 5 days, AND this may also be when individuals are most infectious. This dilemma reveals pain points for screening and diagnosis of COVID-19. From the screening perspective, how can we better identify people who can spread the virus? And for diagnostics, how do we deploy tests at a large scale to assess whether large groups of people currently have COVID-19? With problems in mind, Tony assesses what considerations can help shape the solution design for both screening and diagnostics to fix this critical pain point. 
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The THCB Gang, Today at 1pm PT/4pm ET - The Health Care Blog
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 112 | COVID-19, HealthDevJam & loads of deals
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 112 | COVID-19, HealthDevJam & loads of deals
Bruce Greenstein to Health Tech: “This is The Make-or-Break Time” | WTF Health on Covid-19
Bruce Greenstein to Health Tech: "This is The Make-or-Break Time" | WTF Health on Covid-19
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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