The Value of Data in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

States across the country are now easing lockdown restrictions, increasing the number of interactions people have on a daily basis. In order to continue to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and prevent new stay-at-home orders, contact tracing will increase in importance.

When it comes to contact tracing, quick action is necessary to quarantine potentially infected people to prevent them from spreading the virus. How can public health officials ensure that they have the most up-to-date data to do this effectively? Let’s take a look.

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The Future of Healthcare: How Telehealth Will Change After COVID-19

After almost three months of quarantine and social distancing measures in the U.S., there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted most, if not all, industries across the nation. But the industry that has been continuously affected the most by COVID-19 is healthcare. Currently, telehealth and telemedicine are hot topics within the industry, and there are a few changes that telehealth will bring into the healthcare industry even after the disease subsides. In this blog post, we’ll examine a few of those changes, including the benefits and concerns of post-pandemic telehealth. (more…)

Lessons Learned from Hospital Leaders in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Note: This article was originally published on LinkedIn as a summary of ACHE of Massachusetts’ inaugural “Virtual After 5” event. Kathy Sucich is communications chair of the organization.

On Wednesday, May 27th, several Massachusetts healthcare leaders participated in ACHE of Massachusetts’ first “Virtual After 5” event. This event provided a friendly, low-key way for leaders to catch up with each other and share how their organizations have been faring over the last several months. The COVID-19 pandemic was obviously top of mind for attendees, and they shared lessons learned during this time of crisis. Here are some of the most important learnings that were shared between attendees. (more…)

What the Data Tells Us about Social Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

We’re still getting in a lot of data about COVID-19, but one thing is already clear: the disease has disproportionately affected people along racial, ethnic, and income lines. The phrase “social determinants of health” has been widely discussed in healthcare circles over the last year or so, and nowhere are the implications of where one lives and works on such stark display as when it comes to COVID-19 outcomes.

In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the racial, ethnic, and income data around COVID-19 outcomes and look at how the data can inform healthcare providers moving forward. Let’s take a look. (more…)

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Care at Children’s Hospitals

Illness child on home quarantine. Boy and his teddy bear both in protective medical masks sits on windowsill and looks out window. Virus protection, coronavirus pandemic, prevention epidemic.There have been some disturbing new developments as it relates to children and the COVID-19 pandemic, with several children in North America and Europe coming down with an inflammatory response to COVID-19. That development is now top of mind when it comes to how children’s hospitals are treating kids during this pandemic.

We previously examined how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected operations at children’s hospitals. It has also changed several aspects of clinical care to children. And analytics is helping children’s hospitals better navigate the challenges. Let’s examine. (more…)

Distilleries are Producing Sanitizer to Help Fight COVID-19

Distilleries across the country have stepped up their production in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the increase is not just due to a rising demand for alcoholic beverages. These distilleries have begun producing sanitizer products to help prevent the virus from spreading.

While this might sound strange at first, it actually makes a lot of sense. Ethanol, the type of alcohol used in beverages, is also the primary ingredient in most sanitizers. The stills that are used to distill the liquor are also capable of brewing up large quantities of sanitizer at once.

Many companies are facing difficulty due to complications in the process or regulations on sanitizer products. But even in the face of economic uncertainty, they are willing to take on these expenses and challenges for the good of the public health. (more…)

Survey Says: EHR Analytics Users Challenged by Slow Reporting and Lack of Advanced Analytics

Over the last several years, many EHR vendors have rolled out analytics components. What we had anecdotally heard from hospitals and health systems was that these components were lacking in their robustness and ability to provide an executive-level look at data touching all areas of the organization. Was that actually the case? We decided to survey hospitals and health systems to see if this assertion was backed by data.

In Q1 of 2020, Dimensional Insight sponsored a survey by Definitive Healthcare in which it asked 108 healthcare leaders about their experience with EHR analytics. What the data shows is that users of EHR analytics are less satisfied with their analytics solution than with in-house solutions or analytics-specific platforms, and that they face some significant challenges with the software. Here’s a closer look at some of the key data points.

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Children’s Hospital Operations

We’ve all heard that COVID-19 generally does not affect children as much as it affects adults. Which means children’s hospitals aren’t as affected by the pandemic as adult acute care hospitals are, right? Wrong.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the good work being done at pediatric institutions across the country. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the challenges children’s hospitals are facing, and see how healthcare analytics can help out. (more…)

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Fight COVID-19

The world is currently experiencing one of its largest pandemics with at least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states advised to stay at home. But modern technology such as artificial intelligence has become a promising tool in the fight against COVID-19. As humans do their own part to protect each other and “flatten the curve,” AI offers a few benefits itself that may help decrease the severity of the coronavirus. Let’s examine. (more…)

How Analytics can Help Hospitals Better Manage their ICUs

For the past few weeks, hospital intensive care units (ICUs) have been at the forefront of conversations surrounding hospital readiness and capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical for hospital administrators to understand capacity and resources in order to provide high-quality care to patients.

ICUs have a unique set of challenges due to the acuity of patients, the types of resources needed (such as ventilators), and higher per-patient levels of staffing and necessary specializations. An analytics platform can help give insights into these challenges. Let’s take a look. (more…)