In this special report, Nextgov examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping technology tools and policies in health care.
One of the rare positives of the COVID-19 pandemic is how it accelerated U.S. government-led research and drove agencies to adopt new digital and health technologies.
Since medical facilities and hospitals were overwhelmed with large surges in COVID-19 patients, supply chains were initially bottlenecked, and people were directed to stay home at the start of 2020, federal officials have rapidly implemented tools and policies to cope with new demands and manufactured needed resources on their own grounds. The government also tapped emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and robots to confront the major modern challenges presented by the novel coronavirus.
For this report, Nextgov connected with multiple federal and industry officials to explore how health care-aligned technologies and policies are evolving amid the ongoing pandemic—and what they might mean in years to come.