COVID19 brought a premature digitization of hospitals and clinics.
In this guide we summarize the best tools out there that can help your hospital win SARS-CoV-2 efficiently and achieve the best health outcomes.
Here are the first solutions, addressing key problems: (1) workforce and capacity estimator; (2) PPE burn-rate prediction; (3) standard operating procedures distribution; (4) disaster medicine preparedness; (5) at home patient triage.
1) Surge-planners & Workforce Estimators
Planning for high demand, low supply care is key in winning COVID19, as the disease puts high pressure on last-resort equipment, that is often scarce in common hospitals.
WIN: Identify/quantify lacking resources and duration of scarcity, depending on scenarios for disease progression.
This an open-source, multi-model, experimental surge capacity estimator for inpatient care. It relies on data for HR capacity, occupational risk, SIR models and more to predict days of resource shortage.
Also WHO’s Workforce Estimator helps you predict healthcare staff needed to treat COVID-19 patients.
CDC’s COVID-19 Surge
CDC’s COVID-19 Surge is also a spreadsheet-based tool that hospital administrators and public health officials can use to estimate the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Imperial College’s J-IDEA Pandemic Planner allows users to compare hospital capacity under various hospital capacity interventions, intending to inform pandemic response planning.
Note that these models rely heavily on epidemiologic models of disesase progression and some of this model have already been disputed.
2) PPE Burn-rate Calculator
As a major bottleneck in care delivery these days, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has seen demand surge and prices rise.
WIN: antecipate PPE shortages.
The USA Center for Disease Control has put together a PPE burn rate calculator to control and forecast your hospital supply needs.
Additionally, Jay Park, has a guide on how to distinguish low quality from high quality KN95 masks.
3) Pathway Software
Nowadays COVID19 standard operating procedures (SOP) change frequently, so Hospitals need to deliver interactive and up-to-date protocols to their professionals.
WIN: Get everyone complying with best-practices, fast.
UpHill Route can deploy up-to-date and intuitive pathways to all healthcare professionals to reduce near-misses during COVID19.
Start by designing those care algorithms quickly using UpHill Medical Notation and its agile methodologies.
Dozens of COVID19 pathway templates based on WHO/ECDC/etc are already developed for you to easily customize and distribute.
UK’s NICE is also a great resource for high-level guidelines, and they have a separate section on COVID19.
4) Preparedness checklists
Although not necessarily software, disaster medicine preparedness checklists are a must-have for any hospital during these days.
WIN: Be fully prepared for the worst case scenario
Many have already implement them. Nonetheless, here are the most comprehensive:
European Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital:
If health authorities in your country are yet to deploy one, you can think about symptoms-checkers as they prevent unwanted care visits. Additionally, they may be of help by offering guidance to patients during self-care phases and triage non-COVID patients.
WIN: reduce unwanted visits to health units
Innovacer COVID-19 Management System
Microsoft backed Innovacer has put together a free COVID-19 management system for risk evaluation, health literacy, symptom checkin, triage and tele care.
Mount Sinai Rx.Health
Also Mount Sinai’s spinoff Rx.Health has launched a tool for outreach and digital triage through Microsoft Bot for patients and community with embedded Telehealth and monitoring of at-risk population.
In the next post, we will dive into telehealth, remote work, professional upskilling and preventing burnout tools.