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By Susan Schreiner

C 4 T R E N DS

Tech

Robots are being
deployed at hospitals
across the globe.

Resiliency
in the Age of
COVID-19

 T 

o battle the COVID-19 pandemic, tech companies are
working with health care organizations, nonprofits, academia and startups to share their expertise, insights, and
data to inform actions and decisions
needed to flatten the pandemic's curve.

The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition is
one such private-industry led response.
Among the participating organizations
are Amazon Web Services, Athenahealth,
Cerner, Diagnostic Robots, Epic, Mayo
Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE and Oura.
Many companies are working on
detection systems and tests. Infervision
launched a coronavirus artificial intelligence (AI) medical imaging platform
that looks for signs of pneumonia in
lung scans and can diagnose coronavirus in minutes. And, Hilab has developed a rapid blood test to identify
pneumonia faster.
Companies are deploying robots,
drones and automation technology to
assist hospitals, senior care homes and
to disinfect public places. UVD Robots
provides self-driving disinfection robots
that use ultraviolet light to kill viruses
and bacteria autonomously.

Courtesy of UVD Robots

Resiliency and Connectivity

With stay-at-home orders in effect across
the country, telecommuting from home is
a new norm - and could change how
people will expect to work in the future.
Platforms like Zoom and Slack are connecting families and colleagues through
video chat. COVID-19 is also changing
online streaming behavior globally.
Television interviews are being conducted
via Skype and other digital channels.
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Viewers are going inside the homes of
their favorite celebrity or broadcaster to
get their news. As storefronts shutter,
remote connectivity is moving more businesses online and moving education
towards greater distance learning opportunities and online teaching resources.
Remote communications, virtual doctor visits and telehealth are using technology to make the health care
community more resilient, but it took
COVID-19 to catapult it forward.
Desperate to free-up beds for the sickest
COVID-19 patients, hospitals nationwide
are using new technologies to monitor
patients from their homes. Virtual visits
are part of the new norm to reduce contact with others, expedite access to nonemergency care and decrease patients
from going to overloaded hospitals.
This pandemic is also showing the
obstacles to being resilient. School closures and remote work are showcasing
the inequities in access to high-speed
internet, and how it can impact access
to education, work and health care
delivery during a crisis.
The public-private sectors are working
together to make systems and accessibility more resilient. In March 2020,
the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) opened the door
for Verizon to use more spectrum to
help the operator meet increased demand

Tech Health Directory
CTA worked with the White House,
Amazon Web Services and the
American Telemedicine Association to
launch an online directory as a resource
for health professionals.
TechHealthDirectory.com is a voluntary
collaboration among tech companies in
response to a federal government
request to provide heath care resources
to help fight the pandemic.

for mobile broadband during the
pandemic. Similarly, the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) published guidelines for countries to develop
contingency plans to keep networks
online in times of national emergencies.

New Beginnings

As we look ahead as to how the coronavirus could reshape everyday life -
technology is at the center of the critical
infrastructure that modern life depends
on and that enables physical 'resiliency'
- the medical supply chain, the food
supply chain, and the complexity of supplying stuff, like apparel and even toilet
paper - as well as the entertainment/
information supply chain.
Companies are bringing the full
force of technology for the betterment
of humanity.
CONTACT: Reach Susan at
susan@c4trends.com
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