If there is a silver lining to the dark cloud that is a global pandemic, it’s that healthcare providers have emerged as heroes and the industry has been innovating up a storm since the COVID-19 threat emerged.
Read on for news about some of our client partners stepping up in this time of crisis.
Stanford Medicine is using data and digital tools to predict the next COVID-19 surge
Stanford Medicine scientists are working to create an "early warning system" that predicts the next surge in COVID-19 cases. A daily survey to track possible COVID-19 symptoms could help raise the alarm far sooner and allow hospitals to prepare. (Fierce Healthcare)
Also, Stanford has launched an interactive, data-driven model to explore the potential impact of different COVID-19 interventions. (HealthIT Analytics)
New Duke registry invites hospital workers to share data on COVID-19
A nationwide registry designed to be populated with data and information from frontline healthcare workers is being launched to support fast-cycle research on the impact of COVID-19 on caregivers. The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry is being led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), part of the Duke University School of Medicine. (HealthcareIT News)
In addition, the DCRI has launched a new study aimed at evaluating how COVID-19 is impacting the health of physicians throughout the United States. (Cardiovascular Business)
Mount Sinai app tracks COVID-19 spread in NYC
Mount Sinai is seeking citywide engagement with the web-based STOP COVID NYC app, as the city continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The app, which is accessed by texting "COVID" to 64722, allows Mount Sinai patients and residents from across New York City to enroll in a program that can help monitor their symptoms. (HealthcareIT News)
Cardiologists at Mount Sinai have also joined the front line in converted cardiac ICUs to treat coronavirus patients (Cardiology Today) and the hospital has created a makeshift assembly line to convert sleep apnea machines into ventilators (Fierce Healthcare).
Chatbot and related tech used to manage COVID-19 patients at UCSF
University of California San Francisco Medical Center is one of three facilities in the United States using just-released coronavirus-specific chatbots to deliver test results quicker and check in on quarantined patients. (HealthcareIT News)
HCA, Google Cloud create COVID-19 data-sharing platform
HCA Healthcare is partnering with Google Cloud and the tech-services supplier SADA to offer communities an open-access data platform. The aim is to help local healthcare providers coordinate their response to COVID-19. (AI in Healthcare)
Also, HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen has donated two months of his salary to an employee support fund for those affected by the closure of outpatient facilities and clinics. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
NYU radiologists answer the call during COVID-19 surge
New York University Langone Health is "bursting at the seams" with patients with COVID-19, and too often, keeping a patient's family informed about their loved one's status fell through the cracks—until the radiologists stepped in. (Aunt Minnie)
NYU Langone also rapidly expanded virtual care amid the “explosion” of COVID-19 last month. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
UPMC among health systems fast-tracking tech for COVID-19
Health IT leaders at hospitals and health systems such as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) are fast-tracking major technology projects—some in a matter of days—in response to an unprecedented situation with a demand to ramp up technology tools on multiple fronts. (Fierce Healthcare)
And “innovation isn't optional, it's required,” during the coronavirus pandemic, says UPMC Enterprise President Tal Heppenstall. (Becker’s Hospital Review)