This Week in Health IT Coronavirus Prep – Dr. Stacey Johnston, CMIO, Baptist Health Jacksonville

This Week in Health IT Coronavirus Prep – Dr. Stacey Johnston, CMIO, Baptist Health Jacksonville


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As part of its Coronavirus Prep series, This Week in Health IT speaks to CIOs & CMIOs to discuss what they are doing and can be doing to prepare for COVID-19 in their communities. Special thanks to series sponsor and Galen partner, Sirius Healthcare.

In our own blog series, we will be providing our top takeaways from those conversations with the intent of spreading best practices among Health IT and healthcare delivery organizations to prepare for the anticipated surge in demand for care due to COVID-19.

Next up is Dr. Stacey Johnston, CMIO, Baptist Health Jacksonville.

Top Takeaways:

  • Communicate. Establish daily calls with system leaders including physicians, IT, and other neighboring hospitals to create a community-based approach.
  • Be agile. A nursing shortage led to many informaticists who have nursing backgrounds to volunteer to collect specimens at drive-through testing sites.
  • Add capacity. Procured more VPN licensing to expand from 500 users to 3000 to support many employees transition to working remotely.
  • Monitor. Created a dashboard to provide surveillance and determine the number of orders of COVID-19 testing.
  • Be flexible. Relaxed change requirements to accommodate new build – for instance, new orderable to support in-house testing – by relaxing change control requirements with rigid freeze and release dates to enable same-day testing and validation.

Full interview:

This Week in Health IT is also collecting resources and links designed to help health systems respond to and inform their communities around the Coronavirus. Visit their COVID-19 Resources for Health Systems page.

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