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Challenges Revealed by Pandemic May Drive Innovation in Medicine, Kidney Care

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As former assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, has learned that the key to a successful crisis response is having a plan and strong day-to-day systems in place before disaster strikes.

“If your day-to-day system is strong, you are going to do better than if it is not—coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is no exception,” Lurie said during the Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined session “Policy in a Post-COVID World.” Lurie gave the Christopher Blagg, MD, endowed lecture in Kidney Diseases and Public Policy during the session. She co-chairs the