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.

News and Noted

COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Forms To Support The U.S. Healthcare System And Help Protect U.S. Populations
Private sector organizations have formed the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a collaborative industry response to the novel coronavirus. Its mission is to help save lives by providing real-time insights to aid healthcare delivery and help protect U.S. populations. Each coalition member is bringing its unique assets, sharing resources and plans, and working together to support those on the front lines in responding to COVID-19. Coalition members include (@ArcadiaHealthIT), athenahealth, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Buoy Health, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic and more.

Emergency Physicians and Nurses Say American Hospitals Are Not Ready for Pending Surge of COVID-19, Black Book Survey
The (@blackbookpolls) polling of 240 U.S. hospital managers, physicians and nurses recently uncovers that community hospitals are not adequately staffed, supplied or built to care for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients, despite following CDC and public health protocols to identify and evaluate patients who may have contracted the new coronavirus.

New COVID-19 Forecasts: US Hospitals Could Be Overwhelmed in the Second Week of April by Demand for ICU Beds, and US Deaths Could Total 81,000 by July
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (@ihme_uw), in a forecast based on new data analyses, researchers find demand for ventilators and beds in US hospital intensive care units (ICUs) will far exceed capacity for COVID-19 patients as early as the second week of April. Deaths related to the current wave of COVID-19 in the US are likely to persist into July, even assuming people protect themselves and their communities by strongly adhering to social distancing measures and by taking other precautions advised by public health officials.

Products and Technology

Free Patient Query During COVID-19 Crisis
J2 (@J2Global) recently launched Consensus, a secure and interoperable platform that enables healthcare providers to share and manage patient information. Yesterday the company went live with Free Patient Query during the COVID-19 crisis. This free service will enable front-line healthcare providers to access a database of patient records, including past and current conditions and treatments, enabling them to prioritize high-risk patients and to make better decisions at the point of care. This is a powerful tool that can lessen the burden for our healthcare community during this crisis.

Resources for the Fight Against COVID-19
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.

BioIQ Announces COVID-19 Suite of Solutions for Health Plans, Employers and Government Agencies
BioIQ (@BioIQ), a healthcare engagement and clinical adherence technology company, announces availability of a national COVID-19 response program solution. The company’s COVID-19 solution enables health plans, employers and government agencies to quickly and seamlessly provide access to information and testing resources to at-risk individuals, including front-line responders, healthcare providers and people working in critical infrastructure.

Caregility Launches iConsult Mobile Telehealth App
Caregility (@caregility), a clinical collaboration and communications company focused on providing secure, reliable two-iConsult Mobile Telehealthway audio and video communications for any device and clinical workflow, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, announces availability of the Caregility iConsult Mobile application. iConsult Mobile is an extension of iConsult, Caregility’s virtual clinician telehealth application that gives full control of a video consult experience. This includes far-end camera and audio controls and the ability to add other clinicians and family members on demand to any virtual consult with a patient at any location over any mobile device.

VirtualHealth Launches Comprehensive COVID-19 Care Management Capability
VirtualHealth (@virtualhealth_), provider of HELIOS, a SaaS care management platform, announced the launch of a complete end-to-end capability that enables healthcare organizations to proactively identify and manage both suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

IMAT Solutions Offering Real-Time Data Reporting and Analytics in Response to COVID-19
IMAT Solutions (@IMATSolutions), a company delivering innovative, real-time, healthcare data management and population health reporting solutions, announced that it is enabling real-time health data reporting and analytics for its customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Read

AHIP Comments on Coronavirus Relief Package – Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (@AHIPCoverage), issued this statement as Congress considered a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for Americans:

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Coronavirus?by Irv Lichtenwald, Chief Executive Officer, Medsphere – Chances are good the face mask you’re wearing or have on hand (just in case) was made outside the United States, maybe in China. In calmer times, that wouldn’t matter much. But when Chinese officials are trying to stem a global pandemic that started in a Chinese city, how likely is it that the country will continue to export face masks at the same rate? This isn’t a hypothetical. With the spread of COVID-19, aka, coronavirus, we know the answer is not very, and that it impacts a great deal more than face masks.

FDA and EMA Collaborate to Facilitate SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Developmentby Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA – Vaccines offer a way to build immunity to a disease-causing microorganism before one has ever been exposed to it. They have been highly effective in preventing a whole range of serious infectious diseases. But there is currently no vaccine available to protect the public from the highly contagious coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 that is spreading globally, causing the respiratory disease COVID-19, and we know that is a major global public health concern.

Coming Together to Save Livesfrom the blog of John Halamka MD – The following is a post from the members of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, #C19Coalition co-chaired by Dr. Jay Schnitzer, Chief Medical and Technology Officer at MITRE who directs initiatives in health/life sciences and Dr. John Halamka, President of Mayo Clinic Platform who leads a portfolio of platform businesses focused on transforming health.

Bringing Out the Best in Usby John Halamka MD – In the upcoming weeks you’ll see numerous writings about national private sector efforts to enhance COVID response, communication, and collaboration. As part of doing this work, one of my colleagues noted that the she’s seen many recent examples of current events bringing out the best in people. There’s a willingness to help, a eagerness to volunteer, and a sense of belonging by banding together for a common cause. Yes there are stories about hoarding toilet paper and purell, but those are minor distractions compared to the good things happening around us.

Case Management and Discharge Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemicby Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Ensocare – The healthcare field is facing an unprecedented situation. As the coronavirus upends virtually every aspect of modern life, the world is relying on healthcare professionals to simultaneously protect infected COVID-19 patients, protect themselves, prevent the spread of the virus to other patients and the community at large, and still maintain essential healthcare services for non-infected patients, all while medical resources become strained beyond anything we’ve experienced before.

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Canceled/Rescheduled Due to Coronavirus

What: ATA2020 Conference
When: May 3-5, 2020
Going Virtual

What: InstaMed 2020 Healthcare Payments Summit
When: May 5-6, 2020
Where: Philadelphia PA

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