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Harnessing Health Data to Close COVID-driven Gaps in Preventative Care

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

From a 90% decline in colonoscopies to a 79% decline in Pap tests, the pandemic has created a dangerous new normal of delayed preventative care, skipped well visits, and postponed procedures. We know cancer and other health issues won’t wait for COVID-19 to go away, so how can we use the power of data science to track these trends in patient behavior and inform the development of patient outreach programs, especially among at-risk populations, in order to get back on track and ultimately save lives? On September 23, Web Sun, president and co-founder of Komodo Health, and Dr. John Torres, medical correspondent at NBC News, joined Aspen Ideas: Health to discuss how health data can be harnessed to close new gaps in care, now and long after the pandemic is behind us. Watch and share!

About the speakers:

Web Sun

Co-Founder and President, Komodo Health

Web Sun is Co-Founder and President at Komodo Health where he oversees operations including business development, sales and marketing, and people. Prior to founding Komodo Health, Web was a Managing Director at Zephyr Health, a leading life sciences data and insights solution provider, running all non-engineering functions. He spent nearly eight years as vice president at Campbell Alliance (now Syneos Health) where he advised enterprise life sciences companies across corporate development, brand management and marketing, commercial effectiveness and medical affairs initiatives. Web also serves as an Executive Advisor to Reify Health, Heads Up Health and other healthcare/healthtech startups focused on Big Data, SaaS, Healthcare IT, and Predictive Analytics to improve patient outcomes.


Dr. John Torres

Medical Contributor, NBC News/MSNBC

Dr. John Torres is an NBC News/MSNBC medical correspondent and an emergency room physician. His reporting covers a wide range of health-related issues across all of NBC’s broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Dr. Torres is a self-described “Air Force Brat” who graduated from the Air Force Academy. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force including a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004. Dr. Torres also has contributed to rescue efforts out of the South Pole and, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Utilizing his combined medical and military experience, Dr. Torres also teaches NATO Special Forces. Additionally, throughout his career, Dr. Torres has made numerous humanitarian trips to Central and South America, providing medical care to children in need. Dr. Torres graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

The views and opinions of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Aspen Institute.

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