Digital Health Roundtable
Introduction — The capabilities required to manage a large-scale epidemic are multifaceted, complex and range across a number of critical domains – the ability to detect and recognize the presence of disease in the community; the capacity to design, manufacture and deliver life-saving medical countermeasures, including therapeutics and vaccine; and the process by which healthcare services can be delivered to the population-in-need in a scalable fashion that maintains the highest possible standard of care.
Background — In-Q-Tel/B.Next convened a Roundtable meeting, held on December 5, 2019 in Arlington, VA to explore the role digital health technologies can play to support the response to large infectious disease outbreaks. Roundtable participants included experts drawn from several United States (U.S.) Government agencies, academia, private-sector technology companies and members of the In-Q-Tel and B.Next team. The discussion took place over a single day. There were two invited presentations, and the meeting was conducted on a not-for-attribution basis.
This Roundtable discussion was the first of a series of meetings which intend to explore how digital health technologies might be applied to epidemic management. This meeting was focused expressly on two broad themes — the role enabling technologies can play in allowing the population to initiate self-triage, and how such technologies might aid in preserving the integrity of hospital services over the course of an extended outbreak event. Subsequent Roundtable discussions in this series will explore the potential of these technological platforms to help provide appropriate medical treatment in an austere environment where resources are scarce. We will also examine how digital health technologies might enable the collection, analysis and coordination of data in order to provide essential situational awareness, thereby facilitating the creation of a “learning healthcare system” in the midst of an epidemic crisis.