Shipping from the Digital Health Frontier: A COVID update : HEALTH-CARE

I understand that my frequency of blog posts decreased during COVID. The writing time was redirected to the national COVID-19 coalition and his 14 working groups:

Modeling & simulation
Health systems and clinical SMEs
Supply chain
Intensive care unit and mechanical ventilation
COVID-19 data standardization (mCoVD = minimal viable COVID-19 data set)
Non-pharmaceutical interventions
Optimization of clinical therapeutics / protocols
Data storage and source
Des / misinformation
Data protection notice
Contact tracking

Below is a description of this week’s highlights

a. Critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Worked with international suppliers to deliver 580,000 FDA-certified respirators to New York City hospitals, working through Governor Cuomo’s procurement office.

100,000 FDA-certified respirators have been connected to Masks for America, a voluntary coalition of everyday Americans who have come together to deliver protective masks directly to healthcare workers at COVID-19 hotspots.

Prepared guidelines, supported purchases and tried and tested new solutions for decontamination of respiratory protective devices so that they can be reused several times, which extends their life cycle.

b. Implementation of social policy

Started a Dashboard for Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) This enables real-time tracking of the nationwide NPI implementation. If the states start to loosen the NPI, we will see the effects.

c. Achieve data-driven clinical outcomes

Coalition members, including numerous electronic health record providers, are developing a minimum common record for COVID-19. This is now used to examine the results of clinical outcomes for treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir and others. We have developed a federated query approach so that each institution can participate in studies by running queries locally in their EHR.

Support the rapid expansion of telemedicine as part of a fully integrated healthcare system. With Mayo’s help, we are conducting several studies on the introduction of telemedicine during COVID. A number of best practices can be found in the Resource library

Detect dis / misinformation related to COVID-19. Dis / misinformation or downright fraud can affect patients’ ability to understand and adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions and, above all, their health. A new dashboard will be released shortly.

Support for the Mayo Clinic-led national convalescence plasma study, involving thousands of healthcare systems and patients. We worked closely with EHR providers to develop order sets and a data analysis approach.

Support contact tracking activities from Apple, Google, MIT, and others with connections to the Association of State and Territory Health Officers, Bluetooth experts at Lincoln Labs, and use of an Amber Alert-like technology called Sara Alert to track infected patients.

d. International regulatory standards and comparison for N95 breathing apparatus

Due to the lack of N95 respirators in the U.S. during the pandemic, organizations are ordering similar respirators from international companies. We have listed what is available in 7 countries and which products are approved by the FDA.

e. Respirator training app

This multi-vendor library of training and product materials for Medical Professionals was developed through a partnership of leading ventilator manufacturers and Allego, Inc. Get free mobile access to video reviews, manuals, and other training materials for devices that are critical to treating patients with COVID-19 disease. See

f. Coronavirus Scientific Literature Topic Browser

Researchers looking for COVID-19 articles of clinical or scientific interest should try this interactive tool. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) is presented in multiple views so that users can quickly find clusters of articles on a desired topic.

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