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THCB Reader - Issue #64: Contact Tracing, Elective Surgeries, & Target Offering Telehealth

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June 18 · Issue #64 · View online
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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Deven McGraw, Vince Kuraitis, and Erick Perakslis add another piece to the “Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma Series” that provides background on contact tracing and the 10 challenges that make it difficult; Justin Spector believes to decrease the growing backlog of elective surgeries, we should harness cutting-edge technology & experience from global health systems to manage OR times; and Randy Carpenter lists 3 things that he hopes the health care system never recovers from amid the recovery from COVID19. On Episode 129 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Kaia Health raising $26M, RapidSOS getting $21M, Target offering free access to telehealth through CirrusMD, & more. On our THCB Spotlights, I talk to Allison Martin, CEO of UDoTest, & Rahul Dubey, former AHIP innovation executive, about where the future of care is going. And on the WTF Health Show, Jess talks to Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, and Dan Rubenstein, CEO of Physera, about the acquisition and IPO buzz that continues to swirl around Omada. Remember to join us TODAY LIVE for THCB Gang Episode 14 from 1PM PT/4PM ET, with our guests: Ian Morrison, Kim Bellard, Maggi Cary, Lygeia Riccardi, Medell Briggs, and Kistein Monkhouse. Enjoy!– Matthew Holt

June 12, Vince Kuraitis, Eric Perakslis, Deven McGraw
A worldwide dialog about COVID-19 contact tracing is underway. Even under the best of circumstances, the contact tracing process can be difficult, time-consuming, labor-intensive, and invasive — requiring rigorous, methodical execution and follow-up. COVID-19 throws curve balls at the already difficult process of contact tracing. As the latest in THCB’s Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma series,  this article provides some basic background on contact tracing and describes 10 challenges that make contact tracing of COVID-19 exceptionally difficult. 

June 15, Justin Spector
Restrictions on elective surgical volume in hospitals across the United States are causing a dilemma never before seen in the American health care system. Surgeons across services have large and growing backlogs of elective surgeries in an environment where operating room (OR) capacity is restricted due to availability of inpatient beds, PPE, staffing, and many other constraints. However, by combining the accumulated experience of health systems around the world with cutting-edge technologies, it is possible to make this crisis manageable for perioperative leadership and, potentially, to improve upon the preexisting models for managing OR time.

June 18, Randy Carpenter
We’ve long talked about technology’s ability to make some of these things easier, to close some of these gaps, but now we know just how possible they are when people, politics and policy unite in the face of a pandemic. Now, the very things that once seemed to threaten us are bringing us and our organizations closer together. They’re also shining a light on the hard facts about the real value (indeed, the necessity) of such soft skills as empathy, communication and human insight. Amid the recovery that we all hope is near, here are three things from which Randy hopes we never recover.
THCB Gang, Episode 14 LIVE 6/18 1PM PT/4PM ET – The Health Care Blog
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 129 | Kaia Health, RapidSOS, Abacus Insights, Ready, and Doximity
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 129 | Kaia Health, RapidSOS, Abacus Insights, Ready, and Doximity
THCB Spotlights: Allison Martin, UDoTest and Rahul Dubey, AHIP
THCB Spotlights: Allison Martin, UDoTest and Rahul Dubey, AHIP
Omada Health’s Acquisition of Physera: Sean Duffy & Dan Rubenstein on ‘The Deal’ & What’s Next
Omada Health's Acquisition of Physera: Sean Duffy & Dan Rubenstein on 'The Deal' & What's Next
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? – The Health Care Blog
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