Critical Decisions for Critical Care: What Has the Pandemic Revealed?

2020 Future of Health Summit

Critical Decisions for Critical Care: What Has the Pandemic Revealed?



December 8 at 1:30 pm PT/4:30 pm ET

COVID-19 has caused a multilayered crisis: Dwindling health supplies, overworked medical staff, impacts on hospital operational budgets, and the rapid deployment of telehealth. The pandemic has also aggravated systemic healthcare inequities. Communities deprived of access to adequate care now face further limits on diagnosis and treatment. Up to 12 million Americans may have lost employer-sponsored health coverage due to COVID-19; state budgets face more than $200 billion in shortfalls, which will shrink Medicaid budgets for rising numbers of patients relying on public assistance. What lessons has COVID-19 taught for improving access to care? Will current trends continue once the turmoil is over? Can we stabilize operations to ensure that patients receive adequate diagnosis and treatment, even as the pandemic continues to ravage the country?


Nancy Brown 
CEO, American Heart Association

Suzanne Foster 
President, Cardinal Health at-Home Solutions

Paul Keck 
CEO, Lindner Center of Hope

Eric Racine 
Vice President and Head, US Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy, Sanofi


Lynn Goldman 
Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Published December 8, 2020