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March 2, 2021
David W. Johnson
COVID-19 Outcomes
Blogs Dispatches

Waxing Vaccinations

Scale certainly hasn’t proven beneficial for administering Covid-19 vaccinations. Large state governors are smoldering on hot seats for fumbling vaccine logistics while many small state governors are sticking it to Covid big time.

Illinois epitomizes big-state dysfunction. Our governor is a member of the Pritzker family that owns Hyatt. You’d think he’d know something about centralized reservation systems. Instead, I’ve wasted a silly amount of time playing whack-a-mole with countless vaccine portals. 

My good friend Don Morrison even created a bot to help me search for appointments at Jewel-Osco pharmacies. It got a couple hits, but appointments were gone before I could nab one. Then Jewel-Osco added some anti-robot functionality to their website. That was that!

Last week, the Federal government redirected its free website run by Castlight to facilitate Covid vaccinations nationwide. It’s a cool site. I typed in my zip code and got the potpourri of disconnected Illinois vaccine portals. Then out of frustration and curiosity, I typed in the zip code for nearby Hammond, Indiana. That’s when the fun started. 

After registering, a regional map appeared with dots for all vaccination sites. I clicked on a Franciscan Health facility. It had no appointments immediately available, but there was a magic “next available date” button. Within ten minutes, I had an appointment, a confirmation and driving directions.

“Hooshier” daddy? When it comes to easy, reliable, user-friendly Covid vaccine scheduling, it’s undoubtedly the great State of Indiana. Larry Bird would be proud!

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About the Author

David W. Johnson

David Johnson is the CEO of 4sight Health, an advisory company working at the intersection of healthcare strategy, economics, innovation. Johnson is a healthcare thought leader, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to organizations busting the status-quo to reform our healthcare system. He is the author of Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, and his second book, The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All (McGraw-Hill 2019). As a speaker, Dave plays the role of rebel, challenger, industry historian, investor and company evaluator to push audiences forward. (Watch bio video.) Johnson applies his 25+ years of investment banking in healthcare to identify ways the healthcare industry must change to deliver better care. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, an English degree from Colgate University, and served in the African Peace Corp service. Join over 10k+ healthcare executives who read our weekly insights and commentary on www.4sighthealth.com. His third book, Less Healthcare, More Health: The Prescription for a Happier, More Equitable and Productive America, will publish in 2024.

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