The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every aspect of healthcare in unprecedented ways. For those treating cancer patients, there is an urgent need to share insights and advice about how to provide optimal care during these challenging times.
A collaboration between the Johnson & Johnson Institute and Advances in Surgery (AIS) Channel brought together world leaders in colorectal surgery and oncology to exchange real-world experience in managing colorectal cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. The faculty for the live-streamed program consisted of key opinion leaders from China, Italy, Spain, and the U.S., some of the areas most impacted by the virus to date. They shared their experiences and offered recommendations to deliver the best care possible in challenging situations. More than 34,000 healthcare professionals (HCPs) watched the program live from 152 countries across the globe.
The program can be viewed on-demand at the AIS COVID-19 resources center.
This education event is part of a new collaboration between the Johnson & Johnson Institute and AIS to connect HCPs to a virtual COVID-19 Resource Center. HCPs can access important information from multiple public sources, updated in real-time, as well as free online courses and training programs.
Exchanging Lessons Learned
When facing a global crisis, the sharing of medical and scientific information is invaluable. In this situation, connecting colorectal and cancer surgeons with colleagues in countries that were the first to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic could save lives.
During the program, leading experts from China, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. presented the current view of colorectal cancer around the world and diagnosis and surgical strategies for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Johnson & Johnson Institute is about leveraging the power of collaboration to improve care,” said Rich Merklinger, Vice President, Global Education Solutions.
“In the fight against COVID-19, the need to rapidly exchange knowledge and learnings has never been greater. And, we want to do all we can to help make this happen for those on the front lines of care.”