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ReFlections Volume 49, January 2020

  • Dr. Karneen Tam
  • Jennifer Thoreson
  • Michael T. Osterholm
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Explore diabetes-related cardiovascular and kidney complications, digital health data, infectious disease, and more.

Articles by two new authors are being featured in this edition of ReFlections. The first, by Dr. Karneen Tam, Medical Consultant, RGA Asia Pacific, provides an in-depth discussion on cardiovascular and kidney complications related to diabetes mellitus and the mitigating effects of newer classes of medication.

The second continues the ReFlections tradition of providing updates on the growing importance of electronic health records (EHRs) and digital health data initiatives. Jennifer Thoreson, R.N., AALU, Executive Director, Underwriting Services, U.S. Mortality Markets, RGA, provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of EHRs, how EHRs now compare with attending physician statements, and the benefits and challenges both bring to risk assessment.

Infectious diseases continue to be a topic of great concern for medical professionals, researchers, public health officials, and insurers. We are therefore pleased to feature an exclusive interview with Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH, a global expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He discusses current and evolving trends and risks in this area.

New Developments in Cardiorenal Protection in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Electronic Health Records vs. Attending Physician Statements
Today's Challenges in Infectious Disease
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Meet the Authors & Experts

Karneen Tam
Dr. Karneen Tam
Medical Consultant, RGA Asia Pacific
Jennifer Thoreson
Jennifer Thoreson
Vice President, U.S. Underwriting Innovation, U.S. Individual Life
Michael T. Osterholm
Michael T. Osterholm
Director Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota, Department Office of the Vice President for Research