August 17, 2022

Gil Omenn Envisions Integrated Public Health and Health Care Strategies to Evaluate Covid Vaccine Efficacy

The Perspective article, "Understanding Covid Vaccine Efficacy over Time — Bridging a Gap Between Public Health and Health Care" was published last week in in the New England Journal of Medicine. In it, Gil and co-Author Dr. Isaac Kohane, Harvard Medical School, examine known information gaps between immunization data and the EHR.

They delve into the strategies implemented within several hospital systems to try to close these gaps between public health and clinical care. Their work may serve to more efficiently link clinical medicine and public heath as it relates to efficacy of vaccines, how that efficacy changes over time, how new viral strains alter it, and what leads to breakthrough infections in immunized people.