Due to the Coronavirus situation, we made the decision not to have an in-person meeting on March 20, but to use Zoom technology to conduct a virtual meeting on the subject of “Information Technology Support for Disaster Response”, with a focus on the current national emergency situation. Zoom is a webcast technology that allows participants to interact and view presenters’ slides. Our own Nick van Terheyden, MD set this up for us, and it allowed us to record the meeting for later viewing via the Health TechNet website.
Our presenters included Joe Bormel, MD, MPH, who is Director of Clinical Quality Improvement, Cognitive Medical Systems, and who gave an overview of Johns Hopkins CoVid-10 dashboard and Red Cross activities on disaster preparedness using health information technology. We also heard from Richard Singerman, PhD, Senior Advisor for Digital Health Transformation, Innovation and Learning, of Prosperata and TrustMedMD, who gave us information on bio-surveillance work from his students in a Masters-level course on Informatics, informed by the collaboration/learning platform that was done in AHRQ-funded work done with Johns Hopkins. Finally, we heard from Simon Fitall, Co-Founder & CEO, Galileo Analytics, on protecting the Medicare beneficiary during pandemics.
In feedback during and following the meeting, participants generally felt the virtual technology format went well, and we intend to use it in the future as circumstances require. Attached is a Youtube link with a recording of the entire webcast and access to the slides.