Perspective: COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call to Prioritize Public Health Surveillance Funding

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March 16, 2020

Rick Keller

The Covid-19 crisis is revealing how the U.S. and many countries around the world are not prepared for a serious global pandemic. While now is the time to focus on the response, and saving as many lives as possible, we must also take this opportunity to draw attention to the need for sustainable public health funding on a yearly basis.

Rick Keller, director of Altarum's Center for Connected Health, makes that case in Healthcare IT News. Read the article "COVID-19 shows why we must prioritize public health surveillance funding."

Altarum is a nonprofit organization that creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations.
COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call to Prioritize Public Health Surveillance Funding


Rick Keller

Rick Keller

Director, Connected Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Health Information Exchange 
  • Disease Surveillance  
  • Interoperability

Rick manages the development of highly technical health care software systems that support disease reporting, syndromic surveillance, public health registries, and other functions. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and Oakland University, respectively.