COVID-19 Report

NursesNow Roundup April 2020: Special Edition

May is National Nurses Month! We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the nurses who took a moment during this intense time to answer our questions. Nurses are working around the clock as they combat the coronavirus pandemic. Hear from a few nurses on the front lines answering some most frequently asked questions in response to this global problem.

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

Health Catalyst National Data Repository Helps Clients Battle COVID-19
Healthcare providers and public health authorities across the country are struggling to answer complex questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Catalyst, Inc. (@HealthCatalyst) is analyzing the data in its Touchstone™ platform of 80 million deidentified patient records to produce real-world COVID-19 insights related to surveillance, testing, capacity planning, and treatment response—and making the results of that analysis available to customers, health systems, public health authorities, state and local government, and biopharma working on vaccine and therapeutics development.

BioIQ and Matrix Medical Network Unveil Back-to-Work COVID-19 Testing Program for US Employers
BioIQ (@BioIQ), a healthcare engagement and clinical adherence technology platform company, and Matrix Medical Network, a clinical leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations, announce the availability of a COVID-19 testing, testing protocol, assessment and monitoring program for US employers as the country lays out plans to bring employees back to work. With clinical oversight provided by Matrix’s national array of locally based providers paired with BioIQ’s comprehensive technology and testing platform, the two companies provide a robust solution that is designed to protect workers as the US readies for its first steps in re-opening the country.

Yellowbrick Partners With ScaleMatrix To Expand Free Solution For COVID-19 Vaccine Research
Yellowbrick (@YellowbrickData) has partnered with ScaleMatrix (@scalematrix) to offer even more free access to powerful data solutions to researchers and companies actively working on a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. On April 16, Yellowbrick offered its cloud data warehouse for free to those researchers and companies. Today, ScaleMatrix is joining this effort to power the Yellowbrick offer, providing advanced data center services and HIPAA-hosting expertise for free, to accelerate the research around and development of a vaccine for COVID-19.

Kaufman Hall Releases New Data and Analytics Capabilities Designed to Guide Healthcare Organizations’ COVID-19 Response
Kaufman Hall (@KaufmanHall), a provider of enterprise performance management (EPM) software, data, and management consulting services, announced the availability of several new tools to help hospitals and health systems better understand COVID-19-related clinical and operational data. These broader insights will assist healthcare organizations as they monitor and improve care, adjust budgets and analyze the impact that COVID-19 activities have across a variety of measures, including mortality rate, length of stay, cost of care, ICU utilization, budget forecasts, revenue, expenses and more.

DrFirst Mobilizes “Healthcare Without Walls,” Scaling Virtual Care for COVID-19 Patients and Protecting Healthcare Workers
DrFirst (@DrFirst) announced that its award-winning, care collaboration platform, Backline, is being used to mobilize and expand healthcare capacity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Backline enables the delivery of “healthcare without walls” through telehealth capabilities that empower clinicians to provide patient care beyond the traditional confines of a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, or long-term care facility.

News and Noted

Reliance eHealth Collaborative Enhances Data Reporting and Analytics for COVID-19 Response
IMAT Solutions (@IMATSolutions), a provider of real-time, healthcare data management and population health reporting solutions, announced that Reliance eHealth Collaborative (@reliancehie), a growing health information exchange in the Pacific Northwest, is developing and implementing a wide-range of use cases for enhancing its stakeholders’ COVID-19 response.


Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI)
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays (through end of May) 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET
No registration required – Join the Zoom Meeting

COVID-19 Group Support Virtual Meetings for All Medical Professionals and Healthcare Workers – Joseph Weiner MD, PhD will be facilitating complimentary Virtual Peer Support Groups. to all members of the healthcare team in New York and beyond during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They are not limiting this group to physicians and nurses – all healthcare workers are welcome. Dr. Weiner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education in the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is an expert in crisis management with healthcare professionals.

To Read

Avelere (@avalerehealth)
What’s Next for Telehealth? HITECH May Offer Lessons – Because of physical distancing requirements, the novel coronavirus outbreak of 2019–2020 is increasing flexibility, payment, and demand for the use of telehealth. Unlike HITECH in 2009, telehealth policies are largely being implemented on a plan-by-plan and state-by-state basis, resulting in a patchwork of policies by payer and locale. Moreover, coordinated efforts to support or educate providers who may be new to using telehealth platforms have been lacking. During this time, policymakers may look to HITECH for lessons to support the long-term sustainability of telehealth.

PwC’s Health Research Institute (@PwCUS)
The COVID-19 pandemic is influencing consumer health behavior. Are the changes here to stay? – The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the economy, the way we work and the health system. A comparison by PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) of American consumer sentiment before and during the pandemic reveals that people are accessing health information in new ways. Their trust has shifted as well. HRI, which surveyed 2,533 Americans between April 2 and 8, found that employers could play a greater role than ever in their employees’ health.

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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