How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Environment

After months of quarantine and new safety regulations, the United States is finally beginning to re-open. It’s clear that COVID-19 has left extreme impacts on individuals and industries worldwide… and is continuing to do so. We often discuss the negative effects that COVID-19 has brought to the healthcare and supply chain industry or the positive impact that it’s had on the tech industry, but how has the pandemic affected the environment and has the environment impacted the pandemic? Let’s examine.

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Customer Spotlight: How Hospital de la Concepción Is Using Analytics to Quickly Respond to COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented hospitals with challenges unlike anything ever seen before. Not only do hospital staff need to understand how many and which patients have tested positive for COVID-19, but they also need to understand local trends for capacity planning and resource utilization, as well as finances for reimbursement.

In Puerto Rico, as in other areas of the United States, there are questions about the number of COVID-19 tests being conducted and whether there are enough, as well as the consistency of reporting numbers to the government. Hospital de la Concepción, based in San Germán, is a world-class hospital in southwestern Puerto Rico that is using Dimensional Insight in its effort to respond to the challenges from COVID-19. Let’s take a look.

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The Value of Data in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

States across the country are now easing lockdown restrictions, increasing the number of interactions people have on a daily basis. In order to continue to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and prevent new stay-at-home orders, contact tracing will increase in importance.

When it comes to contact tracing, quick action is necessary to quarantine potentially infected people to prevent them from spreading the virus. How can public health officials ensure that they have the most up-to-date data to do this effectively? Let’s take a look.

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Outdoor Drinking Venues May Replace Bars During the Pandemic

Side view of beautiful young couple sitting at the table and clinking glasses of champagne. Charming lady enjoying romantic date with boyfriend at rooftop restaurant with night cityscape on backgroundWhile the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down purchases of wine and spirits from liquor stores and online vendors, it did eliminate one crucial avenue of beverage sales: restaurants and other social venues. Premium wines have taken an especially big hit, since people tend to order more expensive wine when they go out, but drink the cheaper stuff at home. This shift has had a dramatic impact on the wine industry in the months since the pandemic began.

Even before the stay-at-home orders went into effect, on-premise drinking was experiencing an overall decline. But that may soon start to change yet again. Restaurants in 44 states have reopened, or are set to reopen in some capacity in the near future. While many are still rightfully cautious about the spread of disease, the months of isolation have left others eagerly awaiting the chance to go out to eat and drink, especially taking into account the pleasant summer weather.

Will people risk coming out in numbers this summer for social drinking? And how will outdoor drinking this summer affect the wine and spirits industry? Let’s examine.

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Will Wineries Ever be the Same After COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work, live, travel, and drink.

All 50 states have started to ease restrictions and stay-at-home orders, but the pandemic may affect the luxury wine industry for years to come. Napa Valley vineyards began opening in early June, but things will look different with social distancing measures in place and likely only local visitors.

Most wineries will now require employees and guests to wear masks, and visitors will need to make reservations. With restrictions and fear of travel, is enotourism dead? (more…)

The Future of Healthcare: How Telehealth Will Change After COVID-19

After almost three months of quarantine and social distancing measures in the U.S., there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted most, if not all, industries across the nation. But the industry that has been continuously affected the most by COVID-19 is healthcare. Currently, telehealth and telemedicine are hot topics within the industry, and there are a few changes that telehealth will bring into the healthcare industry even after the disease subsides. In this blog post, we’ll examine a few of those changes, including the benefits and concerns of post-pandemic telehealth. (more…)

Workplace Technology is Being Deployed to Fight COVID-19

With stay-at-home orders being eased, millions of Americans are returning to work for the first time in months. But the workplaces they return to won’t be the same as the ones they left. Social distancing is here to stay, and it’s going to have a profound effect on the dynamics of the average workplace.

Workers can expect new rules and procedures to be in place when they come back. Masks will be required, communal dining areas will be gone, and work spaces will be spread farther apart. These measures are unfortunate, but they will be extremely important for maintaining health and safety for the foreseeable future. But how do you make sure an entire office or workplace full of people follows these rules at all times?

That is where social distancing technology comes in. Several large companies are exploring options for technology that could be integrated into the workplace which would monitor employees to ensure that they maintain the proper distances. But what that technology will look like, and how it will affect workers’ privacy, is still uncertain. (more…)

Lessons Learned from Hospital Leaders in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: This article was originally published on LinkedIn as a summary of ACHE of Massachusetts’ inaugural “Virtual After 5” event. Kathy Sucich is communications chair of the organization.

On Wednesday, May 27th, several Massachusetts healthcare leaders participated in ACHE of Massachusetts’ first “Virtual After 5” event. This event provided a friendly, low-key way for leaders to catch up with each other and share how their organizations have been faring over the last several months. The COVID-19 pandemic was obviously top of mind for attendees, and they shared lessons learned during this time of crisis. Here are some of the most important learnings that were shared between attendees. (more…)

How Supply Chains Are Adjusting in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether or not they are in a part of the country that is slowly opening back up and resuming day-to-day activities, everyone is grappling with the adoption of a “new normal” post COVID-19. That applies to most industries as well.

Though supermarket shelves are better stocked and it appears the supply chain is recovering, it is possible the global supply chain will never look the same. Here are some changes that have already been put in place, as well as more changes that are on the way. (more…)

What the Data Tells Us about Social Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

We’re still getting in a lot of data about COVID-19, but one thing is already clear: the disease has disproportionately affected people along racial, ethnic, and income lines. The phrase “social determinants of health” has been widely discussed in healthcare circles over the last year or so, and nowhere are the implications of where one lives and works on such stark display as when it comes to COVID-19 outcomes.

In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the racial, ethnic, and income data around COVID-19 outcomes and look at how the data can inform healthcare providers moving forward. Let’s take a look. (more…)