This Week in Health IT COVID-19 Series Field Report – Dr. John Halamka, President, Mayo Clinic Platform

This Week in Health IT COVID-19 Series Field Report – Dr. John Halamka, President, Mayo Clinic Platform


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As part of its Coronavirus Field Report series, This Week in Health IT speaks to CIOs & CMIOs to discuss what they are doing and can be doing to address 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.

Next up is Dr. John Halamka, President, Mayo Clinic Platform

Top Takeaways:

  • National COVID-19 Coalition formed: About four weeks ago, Dr. Halamka had a realization that hundreds of companies were contacting him to inquire about an organizing principle to collaborate collaborate, communicate and convene. As a results, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition was formed with 700 participating organizations and 11 work groups to answer questions like – what PPE can you trust? how do you collect data?  what ventilators are needed where?
  • EHR vendors integral to delivering data-driven outcomes: Each EHR vendor has different ontologies – name of field, data recorded. Numerators and denominators were defined, given to EHR vendors, and EHR vendors delivered scripts that could be run at customer sites on live environment to deliver aggregated de-identified insights such as the efficacy of anti-malarial therapeutics.
  • Forecasting challenges tackled through API: Whereas CDC is manually capturing usage and capacity for equipment and PPE, Keith Booth or Audacious Inquiry, Chuck Jaffe of HL7, have established situational awareness standard APIs that sit on EHR to be able to report to public health entities.
  • Digital tools manifesting for contact tracing: Apple and Gogle are working on an elegant solution to leverage Bluetooth function on phone where an API would be available to public health that does nothing more than collect Bluetooth signatures of people within 6 feet. If a phone was identified as belonging to someone who tested COVID-19 positive, everyone who was near that phone could be notified.
  • Digital platform enables nimble analytics: Can use platform to examine medical record of every COVID-19 positive patient that has been tested in an organization, deidentify, place in a container and apply analytics tools to the container to run analysis – not share the data, but ex-filtrate the knowledge, such as, who had a sever infection? what were the earliest signs? can you predict severity based upon earliest signs?

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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