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COVID-19 Data and Analytics: Survey Reveals Long- and Short-Term Healthcare Industry Impact

August 11, 2021

Posted In: COVID-19 Response, Data and Analytics, Financial Empowerment

Was COVID-19 a wake-up call to prioritize healthcare analytics and merge them with other healthcare goals? Healthcare data and analytics have become inextricable from the pandemic response, proving to the industry it can’t save lives at scale without this information and insight. In a 2021 survey of healthcare leaders and professionals, nearly 80 percent of respondents report they plan to maintain pandemic-driven data and analytics shifts for the long term. And with most respondents recognizing gaps in their data and analytics and noting COVID-19-driven changes in the data and analytics landscape, the pandemic may likely catalyze a new, more robust era in healthcare technology and decision support.

Healthcare Relief Funding: Five Steps to Maximize COVID-19 Dollars (White Paper)

November 30, 2020

Posted In: COVID-19 Response

While federal COVID-19 relief funding for health systems sounds good in theory, many organizations have found accessing and using these monies overwhelming and frustrating. Federal guidance has been inconsistent or incomplete, and continued changes to relief packages and policies challenge organizations to develop pragmatic financial recovery strategies. Financial leaders who are confronting more questions than answers need a simple framework to move confidently into recovery.The following five expert financial- and healthcare-based guidelines will help organizations navigate and optimize COVID-19 relief funding:1. Regularly review legislative and regulatory updates and agency activity.2. Make the most of what’s available.3. Use required reporting as a decision-making tool.4. Prepare now for the inevitable audit.5. Test compliance now to eliminate headaches (or litigation) later.

How a U.S. COVID-19 Data Registry Fuels Global Research

October 21, 2020

Posted In: COVID-19 Response, Data and Analytics, Life Sciences

In addition to driving COVID-19 understanding within the United States, a national disease registry is informing research beyond U.S. borders. Clinicians with the Singapore Ministry of Healthcare Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) have used Health Catalyst Touchstone® COVID-19 data to develop a machine learning tool that helps predict the likelihood of COVID-19 mortality. With this national data set that leverages deep aggregated EHR data, the MOHT accessed the research-grade data it needed to build a machine-learning algorithm that predicts risk of death from COVID-19. The registry-informed prediction model was accurate enough to stand up to comparisons in the published literature and promises to help inform vaccine research and, ultimately, allocation of vaccines within populations.

A Sustainable Healthcare Emergency Management Framework: COVID-19 and Beyond

August 30, 2020

Posted In: COVID-19 Response

With an ever-changing understanding of COVID-19 and a continually fluctuating disease impact, health systems can’t rely on a single, rigid plan to guide their response and recovery efforts. An effective solution is likely a flexible framework that steers hospitals and other providers through four critical phases of a communitywide healthcare emergency:1. Prepare for an outbreak.2. Prevent transmission.3. Recover from an outbreak.4. Plan for the future.The framework must include data-supported surveillance and containment strategies to enhance detection, reduce transmission, and manage capacity and supplies, providing a roadmap to respond to immediate demands and also support a sustainable long-term pandemic response.

What Health Systems Need to Know About COVID-19 Relief Funding

June 30, 2020

Posted In: COVID-19 Response

During the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of all U.S. healthcare consumers postponed routine and non-emergent care, leaving organization with significant revenue loss across all care settings. In response to the widespread financial strain on the healthcare industry, Congress has allocated $100 billion in relief funding for hospitals and other healthcare providers. But while providers clearly need the financial relief, using it (including navigating terms and conditions and eligibility) has been less straightforward. Better understanding of these relief programs and compliance requirements will help organizations confidently optimize this assistance.

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