As Connecticut approaches its peak in hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases, health systems continue to prepare so they can keep patients alive.
Connecticut State Senator and intensive care doctor, Saud Anwar worries ventilator capacities may soon become overstretched. So he reached out to friends in the design and manufacturing communities to create a novel solution. This hour, we hear more from Dr. Anwar as we talk about innovation during this public health crisis.
Coming up, we learn about the role Connecticut’s manufacturing sector is playing to address the unprecedented need for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE). As Connecticut and the country face a crisis unlike anything in our lifetimes, will innovators meet the challenge?
- State Senator Dr. Saud Anwar - Medical doctor who specializes in lung disease and critical care at Manchester Memorial Hospital; as senator he represents East Hartford, Ellington, East Windsor and South Windsor in the Connecticut General Assembly (@SaudAnwarCT)
- Fiona Murray - Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative.
- Mike Stimson - Director of strategic engagement and process at CONNSTEP; he’s been involved in setting up and executing the CT COVID-19 Response program, which matches CT manufacturers with health care providers who need PPE
- Nish Acharya- Contributor to Forbes and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (@nishacharya)
Cat Pastor contributed to this show.