The COVID-19 pandemic has helped push the healthcare industry further into the digital movement, leading to a reimagining of conventional hospital systems and driving an increase of technology professionals to the industry to capture new market opportunities for distributed healthcare and cutting-edge technological innovation.
A new report from pharmaceutical company Novartis shows the healthcare and pharma industries becoming an increasingly desirable career destination for tech professionals, with 72% of tech professionals more likely to consider the field compared to before the pandemic. Tech talent is now almost two times more likely to switch to healthcare and pharma industries over traditional technology sectors such as finance, banking, and telecoms. Tech professionals see an opportunity in healthcare and pharma to innovate through tech, improve quality of care, increase efficiency, solve real-world problems, and contribute to curing diseases.
“The Federal Reserve Board on Friday adjusted the terms of the Main Street Lending Program in two important ways to better target support to smaller businesses that employ millions of workers and are facing continued revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. In particular, the minimum loan size for three Main Street facilities available to for-profit and non-profit borrowers has been reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 and the fees have been adjusted to encourage the provision of these smaller loans. The Board and Department of the Treasury also issued a new frequently asked question clarifying that Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $2 million may be excluded for purposes of determining the maximum loan size under the Main Street Lending Program, if certain requirements are met, which should also help smaller businesses access Main Street loans.
The Main Street Lending Program supports lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic but lack access to credit on reasonable terms. To allow borrowers time to recover from the pandemic, the program offers several five-year loan options, with deferred principal and interest payments for qualified businesses and nonprofits. Loan documents reflecting the new terms are expected to be available to registered lenders within the next week.
To date, the Main Street program has made almost 400 loans totaling $3.7 billion, providing support to businesses from a wide range of industries. The program was established with the approval of the Treasury Secretary and with $75 billion in equity provided by the Treasury Department from the CARES Act.” — Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System