News Day – Contract Tracing and Opening Playbook

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Drex DeFord

#ThisWeekinHealthIT it's Tuesday News Day and today we look at contract tracing in-depth and explore health systems that are the trusted source of health information for their community. 

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News Day – Contact Tracing and Opening Playbook.

 

Episode 246: Show Notes.

 

For this special edition of Tuesday News Day Bill is joined by Drex to deliver a two-part episode! After discussing the news, our hosts switch gears and share a section of their presentation of a business-centric IT approach to the reopening health systems. For the news segment, Bill and Drex use a white paper about contact tracing as a springboard to discuss the complexities of this issue, including how it works and the tradeoffs between its efficacy and the privacy issues it raises. The discussion moves to today’s second news piece arguing that health systems should restart now to map out safe safe back-to-work strategies, and our hosts talk about playbooks on the subject already being released by Atrium and UH. Next up, we dive into a listener question about when hospital revenue might return to pre-COVID levels. It might be a year or it might be never, but you’ll hear some positives for consumers either way. Moving onto the tail end of the show, we jump over to YouTube where Drex and Bill deliver their presentation segment, giving health systems seven action points for reopening. These include suggestions to restart the economy, restore trust, recapture lost revenue, reduce cost structures, capture government dollars, take advantage of disruption, and adapt to capture new reimbursement dollars. Tune in for some great perspectives on contact tracing and what the procedure of opening back up again might look like.

 

Key Points From This Episode:

 

  • Drawbacks of digital contact tracing like privacy raised in the ‘Outpacing the Virus’ paper.
  • How contact tracing works and whether it’s effective if some people opt out of it.
  • The question of whether lost privacy liberties will be restored once the virus cools off.
  • Examples of worrying tracking measures implemented by governments.
  • Discussing an article on the need for health systems to map out safe back-to-work strategies.
  • Health systems are trusted thus must guide us; back to work guides by UH and Atrium.
  • Telemedicine breakthroughs and whether hospitals will return to pre-COVID revenue levels.
  • Revenue decreases and worries about small and mid-size health systems.
  • Action points from Bill and Drex for a business-centric IT approach to reopening.
  • Necessary measures to be taken to restart the economy/health system economy.
  • The need for health systems to guide people and end tattletale culture, thus restoring trust.
  • How health systems might figure out a way to recapture lost revenue; ramping capacity.
  • The use of modeling and the need for health systems to reduce their cost structure.
  • Telehealth grants and how health systems should begin capturing government dollars.
  • Strategic partnerships and how health systems can take advantage of disruption.
  • The need for health systems to adapt to capture reimbursement dollars.

 

Tweetables:

 

“You have to protect the integrity of the people using contact tracing apps for the good of the community.” — Bill Russel [0:12:33]

 

“I would be willing to give up some liberties for the good of the group if I knew that everything bounced back after the fact. It’s just that part of it is how do you know it bounces back after the fact?” — @drexdeford [0:16:32]

 

“It’s a great thing for healthcare organizations to take the task of helping the rest of the community come back and be healthy and stay healthy.” — @drexdeford [0:24:11]

 

“We are moving from a pandemic to a financial crisis in healthcare.” — Bill Russel [0:33:55]

 

“I am talking about really restarting your health system’s economy and that means people have to feel safe.” — Bill Russel [0:34:55]

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

 

3xDrex

‘Outpacing the Virus, Digital Response to Containing the Spread of COVID 19 While Mitigating Privacy Risks’

Mark Cuban

ACLU

NBTC

‘Health systems must restart now to map out safe back-to-work strategies’

University Hospital’s back-to-work playbook

Release of Atrium’s COVID-Safe for Employers initiative

Atrium

University Hospitals

Salesforce

Cleveland Medical Center

Mayo Clinic

Sirius Healthcare 

Bill Russel Email

This Week in Health IT Email

Health Lyrics 

VMware

Galen Healthcare

StarBridge Advisors

Pro Talent Advisors