COVID-19 Report

To Listen

We have compiled a playlist from all our shows and podcasts on our network that discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Products and Technology

Rimidi Demonstrates Effectiveness of FHIR-based Patient Reported Outcomes Tool For COVID-19 Screening, Triage and Monitoring
Rimidi (@Jointherimidi), a cloud-based software platform that enables personalized management of health conditions across populations, announced the results of rapid and innovative implementation of an EMR-integrated platform at Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) for the screening, triage and monitoring of potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

News and Noted

Gov. Kemp, Piedmont Healthcare Partner for Increased Hospital Bed Surge Capacity
Governor Brian P. Kemp joined Kevin Brown, President and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, to announce a partnership to provide additional hospital bed surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients in Georgia at the Marcus Tower of the Piedmont Atlanta campus.

Vestra Labs to Provide COVID-19 Virus Testing at 148 Skilled Nursing Facilities Across the State of Arizona
To stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the midst of a spike in the number of cases and hospitalizations, the State of Arizona recently awarded Phoenix-based concierge phlebotomy services pioneer Vestra Labs a contract to provide virus testing at 148 skilled nursing facilities throughout the state. Vestra Labs has the capability to deploy highly skilled testing teams within 24 hours of a request. Utilizing the most accurate testing available on the market today, Vestra Labs can efficiently process up to 45,000 tests per day, and deliver timely results within 24 to 48 hours. So far, Vestra Labs has performed more than 30,000 COVID-19 tests for the State of Arizona alone.

Vaccine News:

U.S. COVID-19 vaccine program to start manufacturing by late summer, says U.S. official
According to Reuters, drugmakers partnered with the U.S. government are on track to begin actively manufacturing a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the summer, a senior administration official said on Monday. Additionally, Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech SE said on Monday two of their experimental coronavirus vaccines received ‘fast track’ designation from the U.S. health agency, speeding up the regulatory review process.

To Read

Among Those Disrupted By COVID-19: The Nation’s Newest Doctors – by Julie Rovner (@jrovner) at Kaiser Health News (@KHNews) – July 1 is a big day in medical education. It’s traditionally the day newly minted doctors start their first year of residency. But this year is different. Getting from here to there — from medical school to residency training sites — has been complicated by the coronavirus. “We were all really freaking out,” said Dr. Christine Petrin, who just graduated from medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans and is starting a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Students “matched” — the term for finding out where they will spend their next several years training — in March, just as everything was shutting down because of the pandemic.

New U.S. health crisis looms as patients without COVID-19 delay care – by Sharon Bernstein at Reuters – With U.S. coronavirus infections reaching new heights, doctors and hospitals say they are also seeing sharp declines in patients seeking routine medical care and screenings – and a rise in those who have delayed care for so long they are far sicker than they otherwise would be.

How Taiwan beat the coronavirus – by Christina Farr and Michelle Gao at CNBC – CNBC is looking at how places around the world have tackled Covid-19. Taiwan, the third subject of the series, has confirmed 451 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths in a population of 23.7 million. Everything is mostly reopened, and the only signs of Covid-19 are the frequent temperature checks and the expectation to wear masks on the subway. People are traveling internally for vacations, including visiting restaurants, bars and beaches, and most are back to the office.

Key Characteristics of COVID-19 Patients – Profiles Based on Analysis of Private Healthcare Claims – A FAIR Health (@fairhealth) Brief – This fourth study, in a series of FAIR Health briefs on COVID-19, focuses on patients, using the nation’s largest repository of private healthcare claims to illuminate some of the key characteristics of patients diagnosed with COVID-19.


Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI)
What: COVID-19 Physician Peer Support
When: Mondays 8:00 p ET; Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET
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COVID-19 Physician Peer Support – PRI has multiple weekly complimentary Virtual Support Groups on Coping with COVID-19 which your fellow physicians have been utilizing and finding great comfort and support from.

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COVID-19 Resources
HealthcareNOW Radio rounded up some health IT resources being offered by companies to help healthcare professionals, American citizens and all of those affected in the fight against the coronavirus.

Canceled/Rescheduled Due to Coronavirus

Patient Experience Symposium
What: Patient Experience Symposium 2020
When: September 30 – October 2, 2020