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SXSW 2021

Reimagine, Reboot, Retool: Healthcare post-COVID

COVID-19 in many ways catapulted health care into the future as it propelled the rapid adoption of technologies such as telehealth, drones that deliver medical supplies, and germ-zapping robots. At the same time, a U.S. public health infrastructure stuck in the era of the lowly fax machine hampered COVID-19 case reporting and contact tracing, which are crucial to slowing the virus’ spread. In this session, learn about how the pandemic:
- Accelerated adoption of certain technologies that once seemed far-fetched;
- Highlighted technological, structural and social divides that slowed efforts to control the virus; and
- Made the case for reimagining, rebooting and retooling America’s health care infrastructure.

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  1. How has the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated adoption of certain futuristic technologies, and what other transformational changes can we expect to see?
  2. What can be done to help address the technological, structural and social divides that slowed efforts to control the virus’ spread?
  3. Why does America’s health care infrastructure need to be rebuilt, and what are the potential next steps for rebuilding it?



Laura Evenson, Manager, Public Relations, The Permanente Federation

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  • Tags: Health & MedTech
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: A New Urgency
  • Level: Intermediate
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