Health IT Resources for COVID-19
We’ve rounded up some health IT resources being offered by companies to help healthcare professionals, American citizens and all of those affected in the fight against the coronavirus. You can also find our latest news and updates regarding health IT and COVID-19 on our HealthIT Answers site.
Screening, Self-Assessment Tools, Apps & Services
Care Directives (@care_directives)
Care Directives Opens Up Advance Directive and POLST Registry Access During COVID-19 Health Crisis – Care Directives announced free access to its registry of advance directives, POLST and durable power of attorney for healthcare forms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Automated Self-Assessment Tool – To facilitate encounter volumes and streamline care, CirrusMD’s self-assessment tool, which is integrated with a patient’s care path, helps to analyze a patient’s risk of COVID-19 based on symptoms and overall health concerns.
Dimensional Insight (@DI_tweet)
COVID-19 Analytics Toolkit for Healthcare Providers – provides critical measures or KPIs that hospitals and health systems need to track to better manage their COVID-19 patients, as well as the rest of their patient population.
Health Catalyst (@HealthCatalyst)
Capacity Planning Tool – assists healthcare systems with their modeling and forecasting of COVID-19 infection rates in their local catchment region, and the subsequent impact of those rates on care delivery capacity.
HID Global (@hidglobal)
HID Location Services for Workplace Safety App – The new HID Location Services for Workplace Safety physical distancing application leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) HID BEEKS™ Aware fobs that alert employees when they are closer than 6 feet (2 meters) for a specified period of time. The new contact tracing application uses the same HID BEEKS Aware fob or a BEEKS badge/badge holder that is easily added to existing ID cards, providing a full digital trail of an employee’s whereabouts and historical interactions while at work. This makes it possible to rapidly respond to cases and activate isolation procedures as needed.
Consensus Interoperability Platform – On-demand record query is a valuable tool within Consensus that enables healthcare providers to access patient records needed for treatment through Carequality.
K Health (@khealth)
Free Virtual Primary Care for Coronavirus – Visit the K Health website or download the K health app to use their assessment tool, find COVID-19 testing centers near you, get updates from doctors and more. Use code COVID19 at checkout to text with a doctor for free.
MobileSmith Health (@TheMobileSmith)
COVID Response Mobile Apps – Supports hospitals in their response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The secure mobile platforms can be deployed in as little as 72 hours and provide timely push notifications and alerts to convey breaking news, vital updates, and customized facility information.
Orbita COVID-19 Virtual Assistant – A turnkey chatbot that can be readily integrated into existing websites to improve access to coronavirus-specific question-answering and screening tools.
COVID-19 Triage & Monitoring App for Health Systems – To limit the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings, Rimidi has developed a screening application for health systems to identify at-risk patients and direct them to appropriate locations.
TextUs for Essential Business: A Complimentary Service during Q2 – Real-time communications platform during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TOP Data (@TOPAgencyGlobal)
TOP Data Social Distancing Over Time Report – TOP Data analyzed mobility data to determine the number of daily close human interactions that last longer than 5 minutes and the impact on COVID cases and organized the data collected into a new, interactive county-level social distancing map.
COVID-19/Core Work Manager (CORES) app – Provides Free COVID-19 tracking and workflow solution to Seattle-area hospitals and medical centers free of charge during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Vivify Health (@VivifyHealth)
COVID-19 Screening, Self-Isolation and Monitoring Pathways for its Vivify +Go mobile solution – Addresses COVID-19 Pandemic with a rapid deployment plan for providers to screen and monitor patients remotely.
Modeling, Projections and Tracking
Cotiviti Launches COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker to Forecast Potentially Hidden Infection “Hot Spots” in U.S. – The COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker will map potentially hidden “hot spots” across the U.S. The map leverages data from the company’s new Caspian Insights platform to predict areas of outbreak at the state and county levels that may otherwise go undetected.
COVID-19 GIS Hub – Get maps, datasets, applications, and more for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Check back often—these resources will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Google Cloud (@googlecloud)
COVID-19 public dataset program – Data always plays a critical role in the ability to research, study, and combat public health emergencies, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of a global crisis. Access to data sets—and tools that can analyze that data at cloud scale—are increasingly essential to the research process, and are particularly necessary in the global response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Projections – MDmetrix has developed new control charts that project daily deaths from COVID-19 nationally and by state. The new charts show whether states are successfully flattening the “daily deaths” curve, using data on reported COVID-19 deaths from The New York Times. The MDmetrix charts are updated following the daily release of The New York Times data, which comes from a team of NYT journalists who are actively tracking deaths due to COVID-19 based on their research from numerous data sources.
Wolters Kluwer (@Wolters_Kluwer)
Interactive COVID-19 Search Intensity Map – The map helps clinicians and public health agencies track the virus and may support clinicians in gaining predictive insights on reported cases based on clinical search activity from 1.9 million clinicians at the point of care.
AMA quick guide to telemedicine in practice – In an effort to keep health care workers and patients safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association has designed resources to support physicians and practices in expediting the implementation of telemedicine, so care can continue to be provided to those who need it most.
Bluestream Health (@bluestream)
Free Telehealth Solution – Bluestream is providing a free, HIPAA-compliant virtual care solution to help care providers work with patients that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. No strings attached, no downloads, no account setup, no talking to a salesperson- no kidding.Simply enter an email address, set a password and start delivering secure virtual care sessions to your patients right now.
iConsult Mobile application – an extension of iConsult, Caregility’s virtual clinician telehealth application that gives full control of a video consult experience with a patient at any location over any mobile device.
ChatFirstMD by CirrusMD – The platform, which is available to states, regions and community organizations, will provide telemedicine support for those in need of care. Instead of going to the emergency room, urgent care, or doctor’s office, individuals can use ChatFirstMD to securely message, send photos, or video chat with doctors in seconds from home.
Free Consultations to Healthcare Organizations Under Pressure to Implement Telehealth to Handle COVID-19 Surge – GlobalMed is offering a free 30-minute consultative session for care providers, practices, and health systems interested in deploying telehealth. Healthcare professionals can receive the knowledge they need to successfully implement virtual health programs. Whether this means rapid deployment with simple video capabilities or virtual management of highly complex disease states on a modular, robust platform, GlobalMed stands ready to assist.
Free HIPAA Compliant secure communication texting app – Their secure messaging app improves everything about your HIPAA-compliant chat, video, and voice communication with your colleagues and patients. It’s free, totally user-friendly, and lets you chat in real time about sensitive patient info – even with colleagues who are part of different organizations.
Virtual Care and Telehealth Platform for COVID-19 – VitalTech is offering free Telehealth access* to health systems, physicians and senior living facilities through their VitalCare® platform in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. *Please refer to website for complete details.
Viveo Health (@ViveoHealth)
Viveo Health Offers Free Telemedicine Solution to Doctors Worldwide – Viveo Health is making its ‘Virtual Office for Doctors’ platform free of charge to doctors and other medical professionals worldwide in light of the surge in demand for telemedicine appointments.
Reports, Surveys and Lists
Health IT Crisis and Disaster Planning Recommendations for COVID-19 – This article is intended on providing basic information regard initiating and adjusting these plans to deal with the current situation in our nation.
Frost & Sullivan (@Frost_Sullivan)
Frost & Sullivan Reveals Top Healthcare Growth Opportunities Spurred By COVID-19 – Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Healthcare Industry, has uncovered 10 growth opportunities in healthcare.
Kareo Survey Reveals Coronavirus Pandemic Impact on Independent Medical Practices and Their Patients – In a new survey conducted by Kareo, independent medical practices and billing companies shared the unprecedented challenges created for them and their patients by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kaufman Hall (@KaufmanHall)
U.S. Hospitals Suffering Financial Damage as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic – The nation’s hospitals are suffering significant financial damage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic response according to Kaufman Hall’s data from more than 800 U.S. hospitals.
What Consumer Search Behavior is Telling Us About Coronavirus & Implications for Access to Care – Kyruus reports that looking at consumer searches facilitated via their platform, they’re able to not only see trends in how consumers are searching for coronavirus care, but also gain a window into their independent healthcare needs.
Luma Health (@lumahealthhq)
COVID-19 Data Report – The pandemic has fast-tracked healthcare innovation, forever changing the way healthcare is delivered. Healthcare systems, primary care practices, specialty clinics, and FQHCs are adapting the way they communicate with — and deliver care to — patients. This report reveals the data behind healthcare’s transformation.
A consumer survey from PwC’s Health Research Institute – A comparison by PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) of American consumer sentiment before and during the pandemic reveals that people are accessing health information in new ways.
Staffing & Training
Checkster Offers Free Reference Checking to Organizations on the Coronavirus Front Lines – Checkster is opening up all of its services free of charge to government, healthcare and non-profit employees battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Catalyst (@HealthCatalyst)
Health Catalyst Plans to Support Health System Clients’ COVID-19 Response with Three Initial Solutions Focused on Patient Tracking, Public Health Surveillance and Staff Augmentation Support – The company will initially be offering three COVID-19 Solutions to its domestic clients, with the first of these solutions becoming available to pilot clients by the end of March. The technology associated with these solutions will be offered to all clients at no incremental cost through the end of 2020. I
American Medical Association (@AmerMedicalAssn)
AMA Announces Private Practice Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic – The American Medical Association offers three new resources for private-practice physicians that build on previous AMA efforts to ensure physicians and their practices have the latest, up-to-date information and resources necessary to navigate the changing landscape of COVID-19.
Availity’s COVID-19 Provider Resource Center Consolidates Key Payer Information – The Availity Portal offers secure online access to multiple health plans, and the ability to manage business transactions through a single, easy-to-use site. Registering for the Portal will also allow you to set up EDI Gateway, batch, and FTP services (or transactions).
Coronavirus, Medicare, and Telemedicine: Everything You Need to Know – What you need to know about coronavirus, Medicare, and telemedicine.
Care Bridge International (@CareBridgeIntl)
New Analytic-Powered COVID-19 Calculator Estimates Medical Costs – Care Bridge International is offering a new COVID-19 Calculator that estimates the true exposure of medical treatment and costs related to COVID-19 claims.
Chilmark Research (@chilmarkhit)
COVID-19: Free Health IT Resources – In an effort to assist in addressing COVID-19, Chilmark Research has curated a list of companies and the solutions that they are offering for free.
First Databank, Inc. (@FDB_US)
First Databank Arms Healthcare Professionals and Consumers with COVID-19 Resources They Can Trust – First Databank, Inc. is offering authoritative drug- and medical device-related information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on its website for healthcare professionals and consumers at no cost.
The Hastings Center (@hastingscenter)
New Covid-19 Ethics Guidance Supports Hospitals, Other Health Care Providers, in Regional Collaboration – New ethical guidance for hospitals and other health care organizations responding to Covid-19. The recommendations, produced by an advisory group of leading health care ethicists, help providers work beyond their institutions to respond effectively to community and workforce needs. They feature promising practices from ongoing collaborations across the United States.
Free Headspace for Healthcare Workers – Don’t forget about your mental health! Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (@ihme_uw)
COVID-19 Projections – The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation offers various charts showing the projected hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths for the US and individual states.
Jump Technologies (@JumpTechNews)
Jump Technologies offers new Allocated Inventory Solution free of charge to hospitals for tracking COVID-19 supplies – To help hospitals achieve this critical balance and to ensure health care providers have the proper equipment to safely perform their jobs, Jump Technologies will offer its new Allocated Inventory Solution at no cost to help hospitals take control of their inventory during this global health crisis.
National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (@NCPDP)
NCPDP Emergency Preparedness Information Version 1.7 – The NCPDP Emergency Preparedness Information Version 1.7 document has been updated with specific guidance related to pharmacist-led COVID-19 testing as well as other updates that provide standards-based guidance and resources to the pharmacy industry during a declared national emergency such as natural disaster or pandemic.
PerfectServe Offers Complimentary Support to Clients for COVID-19 Best Practices – PerfectServe has assembled lists of best practices to share with the industry.
Daily Case Tracker – Arcadia’s tracker is updated daily to reflect growth curves for over 220 geographies across the world. As states and countries respond with unprecedented efforts to “flatten the curve”, small variations in these arcs can mean the difference of hundreds or thousands of lives.
Tracker Dashboard – This COVID-19 Tracker collects the latest information, news, charts and graphs regarding coronavirus. The dashboard also has a COVID-19 FAQ Bot that will answer your pressing COVID-19 questions.
Carrot Health (@Carrot_Health)
COVID-19 Critical Infection Risk Dashboard Carrot Health’s dashboard ranks the populations most likely to have a critical illness after contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This interactive dashboard identifies who is most likely to be vulnerable to the critical form of this illness – it does not predict where and when a COVID-19 outbreak will occur.
HCA Healthcare, Google Cloud & SADA
The National Response Portal – The National Response Portal unites private industry, the public sector, and the nation’s hospitals in powering data-driven decisions to prepare for and respond to emerging crises. Their first challenge: COVID-19.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (@theihi)
COVID-19 Reported Deaths – IHI and colleagues have developed a data dashboard depicting reported deaths from COVID-19 globally using Shewhart control charts.
Johns Hopkins (@JohnsHopkins)
COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University – This dashboard provides world and U.S. statistics using both maps and charts. JHU also offers a Coronavirus Resource Center with a wealth of information “to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.”
COVID-19 Primer – The COVID-19 Primer summarizes research trends as well as the news coverage and social media discussion on scientific research about the COVID-19 pandemic and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It self-updates itself every 24 hours, ingesting and processing a (literally!) exponentially growing body of research literature, news coverage, and social media discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the US. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.
COVID Health IT Resources from ONC
To support HHS’s ongoing response efforts to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), ONC has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to share various resources for reporting and tracking COVID-19, as well as general clinical guidance to the health IT community and healthcare providers. Health IT now plays a crucial role in the collecting and reporting of COVID-19 data. Additionally, electronic health information exchange can facilitate effective strategies to combat COVID-19Check out their Tools and Resources.
The ONC also (@ONC_HealthIT) updated the Interoperability Proving Ground to now include COVID-19 projects. By filtering the wiki with COVID-19, you can find many projects already underway that are using health IT to help address the novel coronavirus pandemic. The IPG is an open, community platform that allows folks to share, learn and be inspired by health interoperability projects taking place across the nation.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is taking historic and unprecedented steps to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Find the latest updates, announcements and information on the coronavirus.
– COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
– COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code
For Industry Questions: COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests, and COVID-19 device shortages, including all Personal Protective Equipment for masks and respirators, call the toll-free line 24 hours a day: 1-888-INFO-FDA, choose option *
Read A Perspective on the FDA’s COVID-19 Response by Mitch Zeller, Director, FDA Center for Tobacco Products
Or Email: Shortages: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diagnostic Tests: COVID19DX@FDA.HHS.GOV
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges that many Americans will face in the coming months, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he specifically asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. So far, more than sort by 650 companies and associations have signed the Chairman’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected.
On April 8, 2020, the FCC released, Guidance on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Process.
FNS Actions to Respond to COVID-19
USDA (@USDANutrition) is granting states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants across our 15 nutrition programs.
See FNS Response to COVID-19 page.
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.