The fight to contain COVID-19 is going to be long, difficult, and painful. As CEO of a healthcare startup where hard work is required even in normal times, I have to remind myself and my colleagues that we need to pace ourselves. I wish we just had to run one marathon.  I think we’ll have to run several. We owe it to ourselves and each other to remain strong, healthy, and focused.

This is not just a matter of working sustainable hours and making sure to exercise and sleep. A positive attitude is also critically important. As someone who lives and breathes health statistics, I find it is easy to get caught up in a bleak picture of impending COVID cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths. It might be easy to succumb to discouragement, but it’s not helpful. We need to find grounds for hope, both to continue to enjoy life and also to maintain our intensity.

We can draw inspiration from the millions of talented, creative professionals who are working around the clock to do what they can to end the COVID epidemic. People with full workloads are volunteering at night and on weekends; competitors are working together; companies are doing everything they can to help while they struggle with challenges to their core businesses.

Here are just a few of the innovative examples that have inspired me and given me optimism that we will get through this.

Every analytics company in health care is asking what they can due to play their part in ending the epidemic. It is therefore important to reflect on what your company can contribute that is unique.

Here at Health Data Analytics Institute (HDAI) we are focused on battling COVID by leaning on our core competence: building analytic platforms and constructing complex predictive models to benefit patients. We currently have four workstreams in process.

If you have questions or perspectives on these topics, or if you are an academic interested in accessing our models for your work, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to my colleague Josh Gray at [email protected].

I don’t know when it will be, but I am confident that with the world’s energy focused as intensely as it is right now, we will turn the corner on this devastating disease.

In the meantime, stay safe, focused, and close to your family.


Nassib Chamoun

Founder, President, & CEO

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