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How population health management helped one system respond to Covid-19—and build resilience

by Rachel Zuckerman August 6, 2020

Organisations with robust population health management (PHM) capabilities handled the initial Covid-19 outbreak more efficiently than those without such capabilities—and they're better positioned to contain future outbreaks and build resilience for a post-pandemic world, our research shows.

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How can you keep innovating during a pandemic? Follow these 3 strategies.

Vidal Seegobin July 30, 2020

The majority of my conversations with health care chief executives over the last two months have gravitated to one common theme: 'In the early stages of the pandemic, we developed new solutions to key problems like bed capacity, staff flexibility and cross-continuum partnership. I want to hold onto those improvements. I want to accelerate them. I don't want us to go backwards.'

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Do your partnerships keep failing? It's time to address these 3 risks.

Vidal Seegobin July 2, 2020

One of the unintended positive consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has brought a shared purpose to organisations both inside and outside of health care: to successfully mitigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus.

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3 ways health care providers can fight racism—today and in the future

by Rachel Zuckerman and Asya Igmen June 25, 2020

This is the second instalment in our 'Global perspectives on racism in health care' series. Read the first instalment here.

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Racism is a public health crisis. Here's why health care leaders beyond the US also need to address it.

by Asya Igmen and Rachel Zuckerman June 18, 2020

This is the first instalment in our 'Global perspectives on racism in health care' series.

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Older adults are skipping necessary care. Here's how to change their minds.

by Asya Igmen and Rachel Zuckerman June 11, 2020

Patients worldwide have delayed seeking the care they need for chronic and urgent conditions during the new coronavirus pandemic. That's because they either don't want to overwhelm the health care system or are afraid to go to the hospital for non-Covid care.

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One Swiss hospital's "3 bucket" approach to rescheduling planned procedures

by Rebecca Soistmann and Rachel Zuckerman June 4, 2020

Around the world, hospitals are slowly attempting to return to 'normal' with regular caseloads, filled surgery schedules, and in-person appointments when they're appropriate. But as we've seen over the past few weeks, a new normal is emerging—and even that is proving difficult to achieve.

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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.

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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