WEBINAR: COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Status, Challenges and Lessons Learned

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Status, Challenges and Lessons Learned

July 28, 2020

Learn How Contact Tracing Works, the Inherent Issues It Raises, the Implications for Privacy and What We Can Learn Other Countries Experiences

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, countries around the world have turned to contact tracing—tracking down people who may have been exposed to the virus—to mitigate the spread. In the U.S., states from New York to Utah to Alaska are hiring thousands of tracers or retraining state workers to take on tracing responsibilities. Together with widespread and speedy testing, tracing is seen as a critical weapon in our arsenal against the virus.

But how does tracing really work—and how effective is it? What challenges does it present? And what lessons can we apply from countries who have implemented tracing before us? In a new webinar, Manatt and the eHealth Initiative Foundation (eHI) share the answers.

Key questions the program will address include:

· What is contract tracing--and what are its inherent issues?

· How well is tracing working where it’s underway—and what can we learn from real-world case studies in LA County, New York and more?

· What are contact tracing apps—and how do they work?

· What is the implementation status of contact tracing apps in the United States?

· How have other countries employed contact tracing technologies? How effective have they been? And what challenges have arisen?

· What are the privacy implications of contact tracing technologies?

· What can we learn from other countries’ experiences about how to successfully manage the roll-out of contact tracing technologies, achieve widespread consumer buy-in and protect the data being collected?



Benjamin Chu, M.D., Senior Advisor, Manatt Health

Dr. Benjamin Chu M.D., has led major health systems in Houston, Southern California and New York City. As a physician and public policy advocate, Dr. Chu has chaired the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Fund, served on the advisory committee to the director of the CDC, and sits on the National Committee for Quality Assurance. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. In addition, he has served as the past chair of the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and on the board of The Joint Commission. He was an associate dean of two of New York's top medical schools, and held academic appointments at medical schools in New York and Houston.


Robert Rebitzer,  Managing Director, Manatt Health  

Robert Rebitzer works with the leaders of healthcare organizations on strategies to safely reduce costs and to improve the quality of care. His emphasis is on the successful implementation of business and clinical strategies, and he is recognized for the ability to engage the disparate groups needed for successful execution in healthcare—clinicians, payers, policymakers and the scientific community. Robert was a founding member of Accenture's strategy practice for the healthcare industry, as well as a senior Vice President at United Behavioral Health. In addition, he was the founding Chief Operating Officer for Standford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center and an advisor to the California Healthcare Foundation.


Alice Leiter, Vice President and Senior Counsel, eHI

Alice is a health regulatory lawyer with a specialty in health information privacy law and policy. She previously worked as a Senior Associate at the law firm Hogan Lovells, where she worked with clients on Medicare and Medicaid pricing and reimbursement. Alice spent several years as policy counsel at two different non-profit organizations, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for Democracy & Technology. She currently sits on the DC HIE Policy Board, as well as the boards of Beauvoir School, Educare DC, and DC Greens, the latter of which she chairs. She received her B.A. in human biology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Alice and her husband, Michael, live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.