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10 minutes with Dr. Brian Anderson, Chief Digital Health Physician at the MITRE Corporation, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Tuna Hayirli1,2,
  2. Brian Anderson3
  1. 1 Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 MITRE Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Tuna Hayirli, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; tuna_hayirli{at}

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Dr. Brian Anderson is the Chief Digital Health Physician at the MITRE Corporation. After completing his undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at Harvard College, he received his medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School and continued his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served on several national health information technology committees in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator, and previously was an Informatics Department Head at athenahealth. He is passionate about working at the intersection of technology, evidence-based medicine, predictive analytics.

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During the pandemic, Dr. Anderson has served as the Strategic Manager of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, as well as an Executive Steering Committee Member for The Fight Is In Us coalition. The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition is a private-sector led response to the pandemic, co-chaired by MITRE and the Mayo Clinic, driven to preserve the US healthcare delivery system during the pandemic by bringing together over a thousand healthcare organisations, technology firms, non-profits, academia and startups. The Fight Is In Us coalition similarly represents a united effort against COVID-19, bringing together business, non-profit, government and community leaders who are motivated to raise awareness for and facilitate the fair and equitable distribution of convalescent plasma.

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The key message is that what we can do when we collaborate in non-traditional, public–private–community partnerships can be profound. Barney Frank, a former congressman from Massachusetts, once said that ‘government is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together’. A public–private–community partnership in some ways blurs the line between what exactly is government and what is people just coming together to do the right thing. Having stakeholders from all three of those categories is the purest sense and truest expression of collaboration.

In this pandemic, I have seen what we can do when those groups come together and …

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  • Author note Date of Interview: 12 December 2020.

  • Contributors TCH and BA developed the manuscript based on the interview at above date.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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