We've been preparing tools and resources to support the medical community as well as decision makers, technologists, and other stakeholders to help understand, manage, and respond to COVID-19.
IQT Roundtable: Capabilities Required for Pandemic Response
On August 12, 2021, In-Q-Tel (IQT) convened a virtual Roundtable meeting to examine the technologies used to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and other epidemics, to discuss what needed capabilities were missing from the Covid response, and how these critical needs might be addressed. Roundtable participants included experts drawn from several United States government (USG) agencies, academia, private-sector technology companies, and members of the IQT/B.Next team. This paper provides background and details high-level takeaways from this important Roundtable discussion.
B.Next COVID-19 Test Database
This database is a tool for those who need to quickly obtain information about COVID-19 test kits and services for use in the United States. The database includes molecular tests that have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whether they are kits that can be purchased by lab managers, or tests performed as a service by laboratories, whether sourced from manufacturers, or developed for their own use (so called laboratory-developed tests, or LDTs).
COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing: Considerations for Using Digital Technologies
Co-published by B.Next and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), this guide aims to help health officials think through critical functionalities needed for case investigations and contact tracing, technological options, and issues of implementation in adopting these technologies. It also addresses the latest topic of focus: the Apple/Google exposure notification application programming interface. The background and key considerations included are intended to inform decision-making for technology-enabled enhancement of case investigation and contact tracing capacity.
Be a Hero: Wear a Mask
B.Next colleagues, Joseph Buccina and Dan Hanfling, M.D., urge the general public for greater adherence to mask wearing – among social distancing and hand washing – as critical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encourages the U.S. Government to re-evaluate the development, production, and distribution of masks (and other personal protective equipment) to ensure their availability while reducing the country’s dependence on foreign suppliers in the likely event of a future outbreak.
IQT Tech-Enabled Contact Tracing and Privacy Roundtable Discussion
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates the adoption of traditional public health measures for disease control, including rapidly tracing the contacts and locations of infected individuals to prevent further spread. Leveraging technology can accelerate the scale and speed of this essential public health measure, and many organizations have announced plans to launch or support contact tracing initiatives though their underlying technologies, workflows, and privacy architectures. In April 2020, B.Next and In-Q-Tel convened members of the public health and technology communities for a virtual roundtable – learn more.
Challenges of Interpreting Test Results and Implications for COVID-19
Diagnostic tests are a critical tool to contain epidemics, to support medical care, and for public health measures. Understanding when they are accurate and inaccurate is necessary for understanding which individuals have the virus, need isolation, and need their contacts traced.
Leveraging Sensors to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms Remotely
B.Next’s experts from healthcare, government, and industry leveraged its knowledge and expansive network to create the following high-level guide that maps sensors in commercial products to key vital signs and explores ways to capitalize on the smart products that may supplement digital health efforts in response to COVID-19.
To Fix the COVID-19 Testing Gap, Take a Lesson from GM (or the Pentagon)
Co-written by B.Next and Jeremy Konyndyk, this article explores how aggressive testing can be essential to prevent an outbreak and safely bring the U.S. economy out of lockdown.