Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was VC at Gradient Ventures (Google's AI fund), co-founder of a fintech startup that built an analysis platform for SEC filings, and worked as a PhD student in computer science at MIT on deep learning research.
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We are a couple Years after the call to action, Bill Gates made in his TED Talk When preparing for pandemics in 2015, however, the state of scalable software for key workflows such as data collection and contact tracking during the current pandemic fell far short of expectations.
The Trump administration letter Given the scale of the current pandemic, health authorities have proven difficult with the data exchange guidelines requested for daily Excel uploads and manual contact tracking without software.
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Research universities help build it up Models used by the CDC for case prediction, and this has exposed the dire problems associated with incomplete data exchange between healthcare institutions and governments.
Dozens of contact tracking apps emerge that reveal design choices related to privacy, the need for newer technologies beyond Bluetooth for near-field communication, and leading companies like Google and Apple Partnerships Cross-platform mobile functions.
The good news is that current efforts are taking the need for better software seriously and driving the innovations needed to better prepare society for pandemics.
How can hospitals share detailed case data with governments to better predict case and mortality numbers and better allocate medical and work resources?
How can software help local and state agencies create better policies and digitize contact tracking while addressing privacy concerns?
Software can take advantage of many of these features and gives startups new opportunities to review the new appetite for better data and digitized workflows from health agencies, local and state governments, and other organizations involved in fighting pandemics.