Brainstorm
Brainstorm
Jan 21, 2021
The Vaccine Rollout Is a Huge Tech Challenge
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The coronavirus vaccine rollout has been anything but smooth. Like everything related to COVID-19, the reasons behind that are complicated.  On today’s Brainstorm, hosts Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O’Keefe highlight one of the problems: the struggle to report and share data related to the virus. They dig into how this is hindering the vaccination effort.    

Three guests help tell the story. 

Tarek Tomes is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Minnesota and the Commissioner of Minnesota IT Services.  

Dr. Rebecca Weintraub is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Director at Ariadne Labs and Managing Director at the DRK Foundation.  

And Sy Mukherjee reports on health and healthcare for Fortune.  

Together, they lay out the myriad groups involved with distributing the vaccine and the vast amounts of data that’s collected, pointing out these groups have no centralized method of sharing this data. Also a concern: tracking an individual’s vaccination record.

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