Digital Acceleration: Low-Hanging Fruit And Stretch Goals
COVID-19 has pushed the entire health care system to adopt new technologies and new solutions for conducting clinical research and delivering care to patients. An expert panel hosted by the Galien Foundation provided a meditation on what the biopharma industry has learned so far, and how to use the urgency created by COVID-19 to lock-in technological acceleration while maintaining what FDA’s Amy Abernethy called “responsible progress.”
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