Data and Analytics Helps Deliver Safe Care During the Pandemic

July 30, 2020

Article Summary

Allina Health needed integrated data and analytics to manage its organizational response and recovery to COVID-19. The organization had a substantial amount of actionable information in its EMR, but some data like supply and equipment were not available. Allina Health leveraged the Health Catalyst® Data Operating System (DOS™) platform and Instant Data Entry Application to capture and visualize the data required to respond to COVID-19 effectively.


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Featured Outcomes
  • Visualization of all critical data elements required for effective incident command—in the EMR and the incident command dashboards.
  • Data consistency across all visualizations.
  • Several hundred hours of burdensome manual data collection and review eliminated.


Renown Health was prepared to safely provide care to patients with COVID-19. As the pandemic emerged, the organization used data in its EMR to monitor COVID-19 activity, but quickly identified that it needed more robust disease surveillance and reporting. Renown Health needed to integrate and visualize more than EMR data—it needed the ability to visualize and identify trends over time to inform and drive the organizational response plans.


Renown Health leveraged the Health Catalyst® Data Operating System (DOS™) platform and Rapid Response Analytics Solution to meet multiple organizational needs.

Renown Health developed a COVID-19 executive dashboard, visualizing numerous COVID-19 summary metrics, including admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) activity of patients with COVID-19, average daily census, and the utilization and availability of critical resources.

The organization integrated data from quality reviews into DOS, creating a COVID-19 quality outcomes dashboard. Renown Health can easily visualize the case review results, and can monitor trends and detailed information for the source of COVID-19 exposure, patients’ risk-factors, symptoms displayed upon arrival, complications, and the level of respiratory support required.

Renown Health automated the daily report submitted to the Nevada Hospital Association. Using DOS, the organization can report 24 different measures. It can easily provide data about COVID-19 testing and ADT activity, staffing/bed availability, ventilator supply, respiratory support required by patients, PPE availability, illness among ICU physicians and nurses, COVID-19 onset after hospital admission, and COVID-19 mortality.


By leveraging DOS, Renown Health expanded its COVID-19 data beyond the data in the EMR. It has the integrated data and analytics required to plan and manage a comprehensive COVID-19 response effectively. Renown Health can identify and respond to changes in patient volumes and can rapidly identify and communicate when patient needs and capacity are changing, requiring different resources. Using DOS, the organization can evaluate the quality of care provided to its patients, in addition to the effectiveness of its incident response.

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