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How 9 countries are sprinting to launch contact tracing—and 4 ways hospitals can get involved

by Paul Trigonoplos and Rebecca Soistmann May 21, 2020

This is the second installment in our ‘Global Covid-19 Insights’ series. To access our first piece on how hospitals can prepare for a second Covid-19 wave, click here. We will be updating our analysis iteratively.

Much of the contact tracing conversation to date has centered on digital solutions that help identify Covid-positive individuals and isolate them. In March, countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan captured headlines with their advanced—and sometimes contentious—Covid-19 apps and surveillance methods. Meanwhile, the rest of the world was scantly contact tracing or not tracing at all. But by early May it was hard to find a country without its own app or plan that followed East Asia's lead.

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How to create effective staff 'feedback loops' amid Covid-19

by Miles Cottier and Rachel Zuckerman May 20, 2020

Health care leaders often strive to create a strong team culture where staff feel heard and empowered to do their best work—but this is easier said than done.

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3 ways nursing leaders can lead the response to Covid-19

Rebecca Richmond May 14, 2020

Over the past few weeks, I've spoken with nurse leaders in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK, and Canada through group discussions and one-on-one conversations. Even though each region—and even each organisation—is facing a unique situation, many of these nurse leaders pointed out common themes.

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How 9 countries responded to Covid-19—and what we can learn to prepare for the second wave

by Rebecca Soistmann and Paul Trigonoplos May 8, 2020

As society moves past the first Covid-19 wave, leaders are left contemplating what the path back to "normal" will look like—for society and for health care. Decisions around how and when to exit lockdown are not made lightly, and are complicated by fact that every jurisdiction seems to have a different calculus for how to approach their off-ramp. To help make sense of the policies that governments are chasing, and inform how and where you should be comparing yourself against other jurisdictions, we analyzed national governments' pandemic responses and lockdown exit strategies.  

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The right (and wrong) ways to enlist medical and nursing students to fight Covid-19

Daniel Dellaferrera May 7, 2020

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, health care systems turned two main populations to alleviate workforce shortages: retired clinicians and soon-to-be medical graduates.

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Why primary care should be part of your Covid-19 strategy—and how to build those partnerships

Rebecca Richmond April 30, 2020

Every health system leader I've spoken with recently is concerned we may risk losing sight of patients with long-term conditions because of our (understandable) focus on Covid-19. It's not intentional, but the need to support these patient means we'll probably rely now more than ever on our colleagues in primary care.

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The 3 types of Covid-19 field hospitals (and what they mean for your organisation)

by Rachel Longhurst and Rachel Zuckerman April 28, 2020

When Wuhan's 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital opened its doors in February, the world watched in awe as the facility, built in under 14 days, started immediately caring for Covid-19 patients. That effort gave life to other building projects around the world—with some health systems and government establishing even larger facilities.

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3 ways hospital demand could change after the Covid-19 surge

Vidal Seegobin April 23, 2020

The history books will certainly remember how quickly and nimbly hospitals and health systems ramped up to meet the Covid-19 challenge head on. Not only have most health systems successfully expanded bed, ICU, and ventilator capacity to prepare for worst-case Covid-19 projections, but thousands of clinicians have answered the call to return to the frontlines to care for patients during surges.

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