Course Description

Learn how health systems are using data trigger points to make pivoting determinations regarding clinical and IT operations as the Fall flu season approaches and COVID-19 surges on. 

Topics include:

  • Current COVID-19 trends and what the data predicts for the Fall.  
  • The data trigger points that can be used to help health systems determine whether to gear up for a surge or return to normal operations.  
  • What health systems should be doing now to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID patients in the Fall.
  • How the IT infrastructure developed from the first wave of COVID can be leveraged to deal with a second wave.
  • What new actions may be needed moving forward?

Course Curriculum

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    • FallCOVID


Neal Chawla, MD
CMIO, WakeMed
Neal is a board certified emergency physician. Before joining WakeMed, he served as the Associate CMIO at Inova Health System. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Donette Herring
CIO, Vidant Health

Donette is responsible for strategic information and technology planning and for the selection and implementation of information systems. Before joining Vidant, she held executive positions at Catholic Health East and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. She earned her BSN and MBA degrees from Villanova University.

Sarah Rhea, PhD, MPH, DVM
Research Epidemiologist, RTI International

Sarah is the Principal Investigator for the CDC–funded Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Network. She has led the adaptation of these models to the COVID-19 context in support of North Carolina’s COVID-19 response. Before joining RTI, she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and a Preventive Medicine Fellow with CDC. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology and MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill and DVM from Purdue University.

David Weber, MD, MPH
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Health Care

David serves as Medical Director for the UNC Department of Hospital Epidemiology. He is a board certified infectious disease physician and works to prevent hospital-acquired infections in patients and staff at UNC Hospitals. He is the Medical Director of the UNC Statewide Program in Infection Control and Epidemiology and NC Department of Health’s TB Advisory Committee. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego and MPH from Harvard University.


Gail Hinte, MPA
Partner, Himformatics

Based in North Carolina, Gail is well versed in statewide initiatives and current on the latest technology and requirements pertinent to executives. Before joining Himformatics, she provided healthcare consulting services through First Consulting Group and Cisco Systems. She has worked within a range of hospital, ambulatory, payer, long-term care and pharmaceutical organizations. She earned an MPA/Health from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College.

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