The top 3 most-read articles of 2020 from Healthcare Transformers!

Simone Edelmann , PhD

Editor at HealthcareTransformers.com

The top 3 most-read articles of 2020 from Healthcare Transformers!

10 January 2021 | 4min

2020 will go down in history for all of us around the globe. As we start the new year, we wanted to bring you the most-read healthcare articles of 2020 to highlight what has been top of mind for leaders and change agents within the healthcare industry.

The countdown of the top 3 most-read healthcare articles of 2020

3. How to make use of your healthcare data? Just ask.

Interview with confounders Lana Feng, PhD, and Greg Kostello of Huma.AI

This interview was published on 5 February, 2020 and focused on healthcare data being the key to discovering new insights to improve patient outcomes and efficiency.

Healthcare Transformers sat down with the cofounders of Huma.AI, Greg Kostello and Dr. Lana Feng, to understand how they see the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and data in healthcare and what is needed to succeed in the healthcare space.

One key aspect that kept coming up was simplicity – Huma.AI is on a mission to fundamentally change how people interact with data. It’s easy to understand when you think of Google’s Alexa, where you simply state what you want and Alexa responds. 

Giving physicians the ability to ask a simple question and have an algorithm scan mass amounts of data to give them answers to support their clinical decisions is more possible than you realize. The goal is to eliminate the need to be proficient in data science or computer engineering to use such tools. 

There are of course challenges with this concept, but this is exactly what is discussed in this interview with Lana, who comes from the health industry, and Greg, who has a tech background.  

Read more about their two perspectives and how AI and healthcare data can be used to transform healthcare in the next 10 years. 

Click on the link to read the full interview, How to make use of your healthcare data? Just ask. 

2. WEF Global Risks 2020: Evolving threats require health leaders to take action

by Stephanie Shufelt, MBA and founder of HealthcareTransformers.com

WEF Global Risks 2020: Evolving threats require health leaders to take action

The second most-read healthcare article of the year was published 20 February and centered around the topics discussed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, global health in particular – and specifically, the growing need for health systems to transform in order to cope with the myriad of threats and changes they face as outlined in their Global Risk Report 2020.

The report outlines several emerging healthcare-related risks including the increasing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental disorders, climate change health effects, demand-capacity mismatching, and workforce limitations, which were expanded on further both in the report and in this article.

Of great interest to readers was the discussion on what leaders can do to collaborate, innovate and help overcome health system challenges. 

Click on the link to read the full article, WEF Global Risks 2020: Evolving threats require health leaders to take action.

1. Mobilizing effective contingency plans for future health system threats: COVID-19 NHS case study 

by Tony Cambridge, Lead Biomedical Scientist

Mobilizing effective contingency plans for future health system threats: COVID-19 NHS case study

The most-read article of the year was published on 15 April as the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves all over the globe and to healthcare systems around the world. The COVID-19 NHS case study discusses the contingency plans in place for SARS CoV-2, and the manner in which their execution are set to protect the NHS workforce while supporting the provision of essential services within pathology laboratories and point of care (POC) teams.

These measures were introduced early to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus infection while maintaining optimal levels of patient care and management. 

The article discusses these key measures including:

  • Emergency staffing 
  • POC testing staff
  • Effective communication and national guidance
  • POC testing accessibility
  • Supply chain management
  • Training
  • Quality control
  • Infection control
  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs
  • Validation and verification
  • IT requirements
  • COVID-19 testing

The COVID-19 NHS case study revealed several key learnings that can support the more rapid mobilization of contingency plans for healthcare systems facing future pandemics such as: 

  • Sharing information from the international community with NHS leads at the earliest opportunity
  • Working closely with the diagnostics industry to ensure supply can be optimized rapidly
  • Engaging with manufacturing to ensure production can be maximized for key items such as PPE
  • Carefully considering the communication of national testing availability and capability in order to control the message being perpetuated

Click on the link to read the full case study, Mobilizing effective contingency plans for future health system threats: COVID-19 NHS case study.

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Simone Edelmann, PhD is an editor and contributor at HealthcareTransformers.com. After completing her PhD from the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, she found her passion in medical and scientific communications. She is dedicated to delivering high-quality content on the topic of the future of healthcare to our readers. Click here for more content from Simone Edelmann.