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The New York Times: Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

The New York Times reports how CHIP faculty Mauricio Santillana, PhD, and other researchers are racing to model the behavior of COVID-19.

 

CNBC: These ‘Disease Hunters’ Developed a Novel Technique for Tracking Pandemics After 9/11, But Lost Funding Right Before COVID-19

CNBC reports CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, and CHIP faculty Ben Reiss, PhD, and John Brownstein, PhD, are using “syndromic surveillance” to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

 

CNBC: The Federal Government Imposes New Data-Sharing Rules that Epic Opposed and Big Tech Favored

CNBC reports The Department of Health and Human Services released new rules that will make it easier for consumers to share medical information with third-party apps, hospitals and doctors’ offices. CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, is quoted in the article for being instrumental in advocating for a health care API and creating the SMART application.

 

Forbes: Stock Market Crash: How Bad Can it Get?

Forbes references the research of CHIP faculty in determining whether the stock market is right at reaching so violently to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus strain.

 

The Wall Street Journal: Sharing Your Digital Health Data: New Rules Ease Access

The Wall Street Journal reports that sharing personal health data with apps, doctors and hospitals will get easier under new federal rules, announced Monday, that are likely to sharpen a debate over patient privacy.By standardizing the way data must be shared and mandating that individuals have digital access to their own health records, the regulations are widely expected to benefit the industry around health data. CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, explains this will be transformative for the field.

 

The Wall Street Journal: Online Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak in Real Time

The Wall Street Journal reports on HealthMap, a program affiliated with the nonprofit Boston Children’s Hospital that monitors infectious diseases, has created a digital map using artificial intelligence and other technologies to constantly track the spread of the novel coronavirus. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the article.

 

Time: Coronavirus Researchers Are Using High-Tech Methods to Predict Where the Virus Might Go Next

Time reports that as coronavirus spreads, raising fears of a worldwide pandemic, researchers and startups are using artificial intelligence and other technologies to predict where the virus might appear next — and even potentially sound the alarm before other new, potentially threatening viruses become public health crises. CHIP’s John Brownstein, PhD, explains that researchers are trying to get an understanding of what’s happening on the ground through as many sources as possible. HealthMap has been helping to accomplish that task.

 

NBC News: The U.S. Wants Smartphone Location Data to Fight Coronavirus. Privacy Advocates Are Worried.

The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are asking Facebook, Google, and other tech giants to give them greater access to Americans’ smartphone location data in order to help them combat the spread of the coronavirus. Federal health officials say they could use anonymous, aggregated user data collected by tech companies to map the spread of the virus – a practice known as “syndromic surveillance” (a practice coined by CHIP Director Ken Mandl) – and prevent further infections.

 

The Wall Street Journal: How AI Spotted and Tracked the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Wall Street Journal reports artificial intelligence is helping epidemiologists identify and track outbreaks faster and more precisely than ever before — including the spread of the new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is quoted in the article. CHIP’s disease outbreak monitoring platform, HealthMap, is also referenced.

 

USA Today: Coronavirus Offers Reasons For Concern But Not For Panic

USA Today editorial notes that best advice for dealing with the coronavirus is to remain calm and act in ways that minimize the chances of contracting a variety of diseases. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, explains that in terms of severity, this coronavirus is somewhere in the range of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and well below that of measles.

 

National Geographic: Here’s How Coronavirus Spreads on a Plane — and the Safest Place to Sit

National Geographic reports how global travel increases the likelihood of a contagious disease spreading, but there are way to track these diseases and precautions people can take to stay safe. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, explains her research that looks at the transmissibility rate of this coronavirus.

 

GQ: Coronavirus Running Advice: It Doesn’t Need to Stop You

GQ consults CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, to determine what types of physical activities are fine when practicing social distancing.

 

CNBC: How volunteers from tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google built a coronavirus-tracking site in six days

CNBC reports a group of thirty volunteers from Amazon, Alphabet, Apple and other tech companies worked every night for a week to make a website called COVID Near You. The team collaborated closely with epidemiologists, including CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD. Dr. Brownstein is quoted in the story. 

 

ABC News: Doctors using artificial intelligence to track coronavirus outbreak

ABC News reports with novel coronavirus spreading throughout the United States, researchers are turning to social media and artificial intelligence to track the virus as it spreads. A team at CHIP is implementing machine learning to scour through social posts, news reports, data from official public health channels and information supplied by doctors for warning signs that the virus is taking hold in locations outside of China. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the story.

 

U.S. News & World Report: How AI Tracks the Coronavirus Spread

According to U.S. News & World Report, interactive real-time maps to sophisticated forecasting algorithms, scientists are using technology to predict and track the spread of the novel coronavirus. Solutions include employing artificial intelligence to process a large amount of data coming from multiple sources in various countries. Several companies and organizations have put together tools for tracking the coronavirus, as scientists say data management platforms and artificial intelligence methods combined can lead to a massive analysis of infectious diseases that can in turn support government decisions. Yet this poses challenges for scientists, as global data standards have yet to be developed. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is quoted in the story.

 

Fortune: How A.I. is aiding the coronavirus fight

Fortune reports on the ways AI is helping in the fight against coronavirus. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, talks about how his team and HealthMap are contributing.

 

Bloomberg: How Boston Children’s Hospital Used Data to Create an AI Coronavirus Map

CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD is interviewed by Bloomberg TV for a segment where he discusses how CHIP’s AI tool, HealthMap, is tracking the spread of coronavirus.

 

CNN (Espanol): Experto: Cuando el Coronavirus Llega a un Pais la Población es Efectada Rapidamente

CNN (Espanol) interviews CHIP faculty Mauricio Santillana, PhD, to discuss once the coronavirus reached a country, how quickly populations are affected.

 

STAT: New Trump Rules Aim to Fuel Sharing of Patient Health Record by Smartphone

STAT reports resident Trump’s top health care aides on Monday said they will finalize federal rules requiring health providers and insurers to make health records available to patients in an easily accessible electronic format, a policy shift aimed at fueling broader efforts to use patient data to develop new software tools and services. CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, who was instrumental in pushing the rule forward, is quoted in the article.

 

Financial Times: CDC Confirms 15th Case of the Disease in the US

The Financial Times reports the fifteenth case of the coronavirus in the US. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, and CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, are quoted.

 

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Coronavirus Infections Are Skyrocketing

The Washington Post reports coronavirus infection rates are skyrocketing across populations. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, and CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH calculate the basic reproductive number of the virus.

 

CNBC: Apple Will Finally Replace the Fax Machine in Health Care

CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH writes an opinion piece for CNBC. Dr. Mandl writes that the health care industry has been slow to adopt digital technology. Recognizing this limitation, Dr. Mandl launched SMART, an interface to make doctors' electronic health records work like iPhones do. The major electronic health record companies have all built the SMART interface into their products. Apple uses SMART to connect the health app to hospitals and doctors' offices.

 

Wired: Coronavirus Research is Moving at Top Speed — With a Catch

Wired reports traditional journals have activated various emergency protocols to speed things up during the outbreak—faster publication cycles and dropped paywalls, primarily. Teams of scientists around the world are bypassing them anyway, communicating not only their early-days conclusions but also their methods and approaches. Researchers say this time the speed and sheer number of preprints has been unprecedented. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, is quoted in the story.

 

Genome Web: Children’s Hospital Network Wins $8.5M NIH Grant to Expand Data Sharing Initiative

The Genomic Research Innovation Network (GRIN) established in 2015 by Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has secured an $8.5M NIH grant to expand genomic data sharing between the hospitals to catalyze research discovery and improve clinical care.

 

Politico: AI Was Supposed to Save Health Care. What if it Makes It More Expensive?

Algorithms increasingly deployed at hospitals are meant to help identify high-risk patients, but they may also be lifting facilities' bottom lines. CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH is quoted.

 

Politico: Uber Eyes Pharma, DME, and Healthy Meal Delivery

Politico reports that CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, and CHIP faculty Isaac Kohane, MD argue in STAT that data standards will lead to a new “app-based health information economy.”

 

STAT: Epic’s Call to Block a Proposed Data Rule is Wrong For Many Reasons

In a First Opinion piece for STAT, CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH and CHIP faculty Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, say Epic, the nation’s largest electronic health record (EHR) company and a major beneficiary of a $48 billion Obama-era federal program to promote the adoption of EHRs, has launched a full-scale effort to block the flow of data out of its software and into apps that benefit doctors and patients. That is wrong for many reasons.

 

BBC News: How is the Chinese City at the Center of the Outbreak Coping?

BBC News interviews CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, to determine whether the costs associated with mass quarantine will translate into effective infection control in Wuhan, China.

 

ABC News: Texas, Florida May Be the Next Hot Spots For COVID-19

ABC News reports part of the U.S. and the global community have been trying to combat the spread of COVID-19 by instituting measures such as social distancing, travel restrictions, school closures, closure of nonessential businesses, and in the most extreme cases, statewide stay-at-home orders. But the U.S. has noticeable state-to-state differences in how the pandemic is being handled. CHIP faculty and ABC News special correspondent, John Brownstein, PhD, weighs in on what could be the next coronavirus hot spots.

 

STAT: Covid-19 Testing: Overcoming Challenges in the Next Phase of the Epidemic

A STAT opinion piece from CHIP Director Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, and CHIP faculty Arjun K. Manrai, PhD, explains the challenges that come with the current testing process for COVID-19 and what needs to change in the next phase of the pandemic.

 

ABC News: Researchers Investigate Whether Wearable Apps Could Unveil Hidden Coronavirus Cases

ABC News reports as health officials were confronted this week with the possibility that as many as one in four people who have the novel coronavirus may not show symptoms, researchers are investigating whether subtle hints from wearable wellness devices could help identify asymptomatic cases -- a critical advantage in the race to trace the virus's spread. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, lends his expertise to the article.

 

STAT: COVID-19 Spreads Too Fast For Traditional Contact Tracing. New Digital Tools Could Help

STAT reports every strategy for releasing Covid-19’s vise-grip on daily life starts with identifying cases and tracing their contacts. That typically takes three days per new case, an insurmountable hurdle in the U.S., with its low numbers of public health workers and tens of thousands of new cases every day. Existing digital tools, however, using cellphone location data and an app for self-reporting positive test results, could make the impossible possible, the authors of a new analysis argue. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, is quoted.

 

STAT: The Coronavirus is Washing Over the U.S. These Factors Will Determine How Bad it Gets in Each Community

STAT reports two months after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, the virus has sprung from its initial toeholds and started to shift the country’s infection map — from one of pockmarked hotspots to one that blankets the entire nation. CHIP faculty Children’s Maia Majumder, PhD, is quoted in the story.

 

Scientific American: Social Media Posts and Online Searches Hold Vital Clues About Pandemic Spread

Scientific American reports nearly a week before the World Health Organization first warned of a mysterious new respiratory disease in Wuhan, China, a team of Boston-based sleuths at the global disease monitoring system HealthMap captured digital clues about the outbreak from an online press report. Such alerts reveal the promise of a vast yet risky resource: the tweet-sized hints from people all over the world who report their health status and vent their fears online. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the story.

 

ABC News: White House Asking Hospitals to Email Them Data on Coronavirus Patients

ABC News reports Vice President Mike Pence has taken the extraordinary step of asking the nation's nearly 4,700 hospitals to submit via email daily updates to a federal inbox on how many patients have been tested for novel coronavirus, as well as information on bed capacity and requirements for other supplies. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, is quoted in the story.

 

ABC News: Website Allows People to Report Coronavirus Symptoms, Track Spread

ABC News reports as health experts and public officials have warned that confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are likely nowhere near the actual number of people infected, medical professionals in Boston have created a website to help close the gap. "COVID Near You" allows the public to report coronavirus-related symptoms. CHIP faculty and co-creator of COVID Near You, John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the article. 

 

ABC News: Mathematicians Say Preventative Measures Could Have Huge Impact on Coronavirus Spread

ABC News reports with the novel coronavirus spreading exponentially in the United States, “flattening the curve” could seem challenging. According to mathematicians, simple preventative measures may be more effective than you think. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, and Maia Majumder, PhD, are both quoted in the story.

 

Newsweek: Here Are 6 Coronavirus Dashboards Where You Can Track The Spread of COVID-19 Live Online

Newsweek reports as the new coronavirus which causes COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, keeping up with the outbreak which has touched every continent except Antarctica can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, trackers and dashboards updated by experts and news teams can make staying abreast of developments a little easier. CHIP’s AI disease-tracking platform, HealthMap, is featured.

 

Wired: Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19 — Other Countries, Take Note

Wired reports that after SARS and H1N1, Singapore built a robust system for tracking and containing epidemics. CHIP faculty Maia Majumder, PhD, provides her expert opinion in the article.

 

Wired: How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak

Wired reports with the coronavirus growing more deadly in China, artificial intelligence researchers are applying machine-learning techniques to social media, web, and other data for subtle signs that the disease may be spreading elsewhere. More than 31,000 people have now contracted the disease in China, and 630 people have died, according to figures released by authorities there Friday. CHIP faculty John Brownstein, PhD, lends his expertise to the story.

 

Wired: Could China's New Coronavirus Become a Global Epidemic?

Wired reports what began in mid-December as a mysterious cluster of respiratory illnesses in China has now killed nine people, sickened hundreds more, and spread to five other countries, including the US. On Tuesday, American health officials confirmed the nation’s first case of the novel coronavirus: a Washington man hospitalized outside of Seattle last week with pneumonia-like symptoms. Boston Children’s Maia Majumder, MPH, provides expert insight.

 

Scientific American: Many Pediatric Studies Are a Waste of Time

Scientific American reports that new initiatives aim to lessen the obstacles to finding useful treatments for children. CHIP faculty Florence Bourgeois, MD, MPH, weighs in.

 

CNBC: When Big Tech Companies Want to Get Into Health Care They Call This Researcher

CNBC reports that CHIP faculty has worked with tech giants ranging from Uber to Google as they plot their first steps into the health care sector.