COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Status, Challenges and Lessons Learned


Learn How Contact Tracing Works, the Inherent Issues It Raises, the Implications for Privacy and What We Can Learn From Other Countries’ Experiences at a New Webinar From Manatt and eHI. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, countries around the world have turned to contact tracing—tracking down people who may have been exposed to the virus—to mitigate the spread. In the United States, states from New York to Utah to Alaska are hiring thousands of tracers or retraining state workers to take on tracing responsibilities. Together with widespread and speedy testing, tracing is seen as a critical weapon in our arsenal against the virus.

But how does tracing really work—and how effective is it? What challenges does it present? And what lessons can we apply from countries that have implemented tracing before us? In a new webinar, Manatt and the eHealth Initiative Foundation (eHI) share the answers. Key questions the program will address include:

  • What is contact tracing—and what are its inherent issues?
  • How well is contact tracing working where it’s underway—and what can we learn from real-world case studies in L.A. County, New York and more?
  • What are contact tracing apps—and how do they work?  
  • What is the implementation status of contact tracing apps in the United States?
  • How have other countries employed contract tracing technologies? How effective have they been? What challenges have arisen?
  • What are the privacy implications of contact tracing technologies?
  • What can we learn from other countries' experiences about how to successfully manage the rollout of contact tracing technologies, achieve widespread consumer buy-in and protect the data being collected? 

Benjamin Chu, M.D., Senior Advisor, Manatt Health
Robert Rebitzer, Managing Director, Manatt Health
Alice Leiter, Vice President & Senior Counsel, eHealth Initiative (eHI)

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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