Healthcare organizations, technology companies, academic organizations and other private sector businesses are aligning resources to form the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition that is intended to “coordinate collective expertise, capabilities, data and insights to flatten the pandemic’s curve in order to preserve the healthcare delivery system and help protect U.S. populations.”
Who is Joining the Coalition?
Each member is donating its unique assets and resources and shares the goal of “working together to support those on the front lines in responding to COVID-19.” With new members joining daily, some of the coalition members include: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Salesforce, athenahealth, Buoy Health, Epic, MITRE, LabCorp, Leavitt Partners, and CommonWell Health Alliance. Healthcare organizations that are signed up to participate include: HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Rush University System for Health, and the University of California Healthcare System.
A Searchable Resource Library for COVID-19
The coalition is amassing and organizing data from each partner into a searchable resource library, intended to facilitate the sharing of valuable information. The coalition is loading and using natural language processing (NLP) to catalog data from more than 500 data sets from various sources stored in shared locations provided by AWS and Google. The library catalogues various documents and metrics (e.g., projected hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths, waivers approved by CMS, etc.).
COVID-19 Vulnerability Measures
For example, MITRE and the data visualization software company, Tableau, are partnering to provide a COVID-19 vulnerability measures dashboard that amasses data from multiple sources to help pinpoint vulnerable locations. The tool can be sorted by locations and vulnerability index spots and is useful for forecasting where the next major need will arise. This information provides insights that can help in the fight against COVID-19. For example, the data can be used to facilitate mask distribution and flex other healthcare resources to most affected areas.
Tracking the Availability of Lab Testing
The coalition’s initiatives include tracking and coordinating the availability of laboratory testing. There are numerous new tests being developed and introduced to the market at a rapid pace. Using the coalition’s natural language processing and data visualization tools, these testing innovations can be monitored to help determine the best way to rapidly expand testing capacity over the next few months. For example, one of athena’s contributions to the coalition involves data that demonstrates the growth of lab testing across the U.S. to help provide a holistic view of the situation (see Figure 1).
Everyone Who Can Contribute is Invited
Dr. Jay Schnitzer, Chief Medical and Technology Officer at MITRE, stresses that all who can contribute are encouraged to join the coalition in the fight against COVID-19. This collaborative effort, using crowdsource capabilities from the private sector alongside data analytics and evidence-based decisions to respond to the pandemic, is an exciting example of how we can come together to make a difference.
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