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Regenstrief and COVID-19: Research and Responses to the Coronavirus

May 27, 2020

Regenstrief and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI faculty member Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered about the project he is leading to study population prevalence of COVID-19 in Indiana.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the use of telehealth. Regenstrief research scientist Joy L. Lee, PhD, spoke to Health Leaders about fostering a positive patient-provider relationship.

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May 26, 2020

COVID-19 survivors who were treated in the intensive care unit may face other challenges after leaving the hospital. Associate director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, Babar Khan, MD, spoke about the potential impact of post-intensive care syndrome.

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Dr. Babar Kahn interview with RTV6

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 hospitalization trends are one of the four guiding principles Indiana leaders are using in the reopening process. Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box presented the data from Regenstrief’s dashboard during the Governor’s press conference.

 

May 21, 2020

How should summer camps operate during the COVID-19 outbreak? Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., wrote about reducing the risks in a New York Times opinion piece.

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May 18, 2020

Dr. Shaun Grannis on Fox

Shaun Grannis, M.D., Regenstrief vice president for data and analytics, explained to FOX59/CBS4 how public health officials are monitoring COVID-19 exposure as businesses start to open.

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May 17, 2020

Regenstrief research scientist and head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, discussed the key findings of the first phase of the Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana State Department of Health study on the prevalence of COVID-19 in Indiana on Inside Indiana Business.

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May 15, 2020

During Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s press conference, State Health Commissioner Kristina Box presented the latest numbers from the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard.

The City of Indianapolis announced its plans to begin reopening restaurants and businesses, which is different from Indiana’s plan. Regenstrief Institute and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health expert Joshua Vest explained to the IndyStar how data is playing a role in these decisions.

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May 13, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, some states are flying blind as they reopen, but not Indiana, according to Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D. His thoughts on Indiana’s data-driven approach were published in a New York Times opinion piece.

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Regenstrief research scientist and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health faculty member Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, announced the findings from the first round of testing to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in Indiana during Governor Holcomb’s press conference.

Nir Menachemi at Indiana Statehouse briefing

The ongoing COVID-19 study to give Indiana information and visibility about the status of the virus through the state was lauded in the New York Times as an example of critical informational gathering. The study is a partnership with the State of Indiana and is being led by Regenstrief research scientist and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health faculty member Nir Menachemi.

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Hospital systems across the country are sharing data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, MD, spoke to Becker’s Hospital Review about the effort to gather information in Indiana and Regenstrief’s role in the collaboration.

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May 12, 2020

Kathleen Unroe visits with nursing home patient

The coronavirus is taking a heavy toll on nursing home residents and workers. Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA, spoke to the publication HealthLeaders about care considerations for this group.

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May 11, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, explains how Regenstrief plans to use AI in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ THE HEALIO ARTICLE

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Aaron Carroll featured on Morning Edition

As states begin to list restrictions, Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., and other experts provide health and safety tips on NPR.

LISTEN HERE

Regenstrief research scientist and geriatrician Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, was interviewed live on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio about the impact of COVID-19 on people living in nursing homes.

LISTEN to the may 11 interview HERE

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May 8, 2020

Shelley Johns, PsyD on SideEffects Public Media

Regenstrief research scientist Shelley Johns, PsyD, shared some strategies to help people cope with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic with Side Effects Public Media.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for those with substance use disorder. Regenstrief and IU research scientist Debra Litzelman, M.D., explained how the CARE Plus program has adapted.

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Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box shared the latest hospitalization data from the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard during Governor Eric Holcomb’s daily press conference.

May 7, 2020

Regenstrief research scientist Joshua Vest, PhD, was a panelist on the Indiana Public Broadcasting podcast All IN. He spoke about Governor Holcomb’s plan to reopen Indiana.

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The Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard now allows users to see county-level data across Indiana. Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box spoke about the new functionality at Governor Holcomb’s daily press conference.

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Regenstrief, Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) and Indiana University have partnered to create a dashboard to support public health professionals, health systems and other partners as they address the COVID-19 outbreak.

The combination of data from private and public sectors helps provide a more complete picture of the pandemic in Indiana.

VIEW THE DASHBOARD.

May 5, 2020

During Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s daily press conference, the State’s chief medical officer, Lindsay Weaver, MD, referred people to the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard for more information related to the virus in Indiana.

View the dashboard

Dr. Brian Dixon on CBS4 Indy

After a predictive model increased the number of projected deaths from COVID-19, Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained how those numbers are calculated to Indianapolis media. He also provided perspective on the flattening number of hospitalizations across Indiana.

WATCH THE CBS4 STORY

READ THE RTV6 ARTICLE

May 3, 2020

As Indiana begins to gradually lift restrictions, Regenstrief VP for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, spoke to FOX59/CBS4 about the trends in the data.

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Shaun Grannis speaking to FOX59 news

April 30, 2020

Brian Dixon

Regenstrief research scientist Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the complexities of determining and classifying cause of death for COVID-19 patients.

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Regenstrief researcher Shelley Johns, PsyD, says the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in new sources of anxiety and stress for cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Johns spoke to the National Cancer Institute about the challenges.

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Shelley Johns, PsyD, speaking at a Regenstrief Institute Work in Progress session

April 29, 2020

hospital ward during the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society

Epidemiologists are using some of the findings from the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 to inform the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Director of Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the lessons learned to FOX59.

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Clear communication is crucial for safe and effective transitions of care from the nursing home to hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, MD, MPA, told McKnight’s Long-term Care News.

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Nir Menachemi

Nir Menachemi, PhD, a Regenstrief research scientist, is leading the partnership between the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and the Indiana State Department of Public Health to test Hoosiers for COVID-19. The work was highlighted in several media outlets.

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April 28, 2020

Kathleen Unroe

Regenstrief Institute researcher Kathleen Unroe, M.D., was a guest on the GeriPal podcast to discuss geriatric and palliative care during the COVID-19 outbreak. She spoke about how the virus affects people with dementia, people in assisted living and providers who are caring for those groups.

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To help nursing homes and emergency departments handle patient transfers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA, and colleagues developed advice for safe care transitions.

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Dr. Kathleen Unroe with patient

April 26, 2020

Probari, a company in which Regenstrief holds a stake, is working with the Indiana State Department of Health to help assisted living facilities train staff in infectious disease control and prevention. Probari founder and Regenstrief researcher Kathleen Unroe, MD, spoke to Inside Indiana Business about the partnership with the State.

Regenstrief and IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, spoke to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges.

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Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, MD, believes there is only one way to reopen the economy. His perspective was published in a New York Times opinion piece.

READ HIS ARTICLE

April 24, 2020

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, Regenstrief and Fairbanks School of Public Health director of public health informatics, spoke about Regenstrief’s effort to leverage the power of real-world data to better understand COVID-19 in an interview with HealthIT Analytics.

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Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box used data from the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard to provide an update on Indiana COVID-19 hospitalization rates during the governor’s daily press conference.

Brian Dixon, PhD, featured on RTV6 story

According to data, COVID-19 hospitalizations appear to be leveling off in Indiana. Regenstrief and Fairbanks School of Public Health Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the implications to several media outlets.

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April 23, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health and the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI are partnering to measure the spread of COVID-19 throughout Indiana. Regenstrief and Fairbanks researcher Nir Menachemi, PhD, is leading the project, which will test 20,000 Hoosiers across the state.

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Regenstrief and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are conducting a survey to understand how many COVID-19 survivors are dealing with delirium-related distress and post-intensive care syndrome following their recovery. The goal is to provide insight into what survivors are dealing with and what can be done to help them.

FILL OUT THE SURVEY HERE

Seniors with COVID-19 may not have the typical symptoms of COVID-19. Regenstrief researcher Kathleen Unroe, M.D., was one of several experts interviewed by Kaiser Health News who helped explain why symptoms of the virus present differently in older people.

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April 22, 2020

Aaron Carroll writes New York Times opinion piece

Regenstrief VP for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, MD, wrote a New York Times opinion piece, sharing his view that it is too soon to reopen states. He believes leaders are underestimating what it will take to manage COVID-19.

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Regenstrief Institute’s COVID-19 dashboard provides data on hospitalization rates, comorbidity and other statistics to provide a more complete picture of the outbreak in Indiana. Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, MD, spoke to the IndyStar about the project.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Dr. Shaun Grannis on FOX59

Data models tracking COVID-19 in Indiana continue to change. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, explained to FOX59 why those numbers can fluctuate and the overall trends that public health leaders are looking for.

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MEN MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19 THAN WOMEN IN INDIANA

April 21, 2020

The collaboration to create Regenstrief’s COVID-19 dashboard was featured in HealthIT Analytics.

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April 20, 2020

Regenstrief research scientist Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, and affiliate scientist Paul Halverson, DrPH, presented during an American Medical Informatics Association COVID-19 webinar on public health. They and other experts spoke about maximizing health IT and other public health tools during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Dixon is the director of public health informatics for Regenstrief and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. Dr. Halverson leads Fairbanks School of Public Health as its founding dean.

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Regenstrief researcher Alexia Torke, MD, spoke to FOX59 in Indianapolis about the challenges clinicians on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak are facing. She talked about moral distress and the toll it takes on care providers.

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April 17, 2020

Regenstrief President and CEO Peter EmbÍ, MD, provided insight to local media into the COVID-19 dashboard created by Regenstrief, Indiana Health Information Exchange, IU and state government partners. The dashboard provides new information on the virus outbreak in Indiana.

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Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPH, explained the goals and impact of an online survey launched by Regenstrief and IU.

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April 16, 2020

Regenstrief Institute research scientist Shelley Johns, PsyD, spoke to Healio about the chronic stress that many are feeling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She addressed the important role clinicians play in mitigating the impact of that stress.

Read the interview here.

April 15, 2020

The Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University are launching a survey to conduct research about COVID-19 symptoms. The anonymous survey data generated by the project could be used to help state, federal and international health agencies monitor trends and anticipate outbreaks. The survey is being shared via Microsoft News.

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Graphic detailing how data from COVID-19 survey will be used

Shaun Grannis and Brian Dixon being interviewed on CBS4

Regenstrief scientists Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, and Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, provided the Indianapolis CBS and Fox affiliates with perspective on local predictive models for the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch their interviews:

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April 13, 2020

Indiana State Flag

Indiana State Health officials meet regularly with public health experts and data scientists from Regenstrief Institute, drawing on the Institute’s data expertise to analyze different models to understand the COVID-19 situation in Indiana.

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In an interview with ABC News, Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., said the nation cannot rush back to normal. Dr. Carroll was one of several national experts who spoke about the challenges of reopening in the country.

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Aaron Carroll on Healthcare Triage

Susan Hickman and Kathleen Unroe lead expansion of advance care planning program

Advance care planning is especially crucial during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University researchers Susan Hickman, PhD, and Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA, created a video to help guide nursing facility staff in these conversations.

watch the video here.

April 10, 2020

Regenstrief Institute Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis talked to the IBJ in a wide-ranging article about COVID-19 in Indiana. The article also quoted Gov. Eric Holcomb, ISDH Commissioner Kristina Box and Regenstrief’s Nir Menachemi. The article mentioned the capabilities of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), predictions and analysis of data from hospitals around Indiana to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and predict surges in cases and healthcare utilization.

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The Indiana State Department of Health released statistics showing minorities in the state represent a disproportionate share of COVID-19 patients. In an interview with Indianapolis Fox affiliate, FOX59, Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, explained the push to gather data to better understand the characteristics of individuals who are contracting the virus.

Read the interview here.

Dr. Shaun Grannis speaks with Fox59's Russ McQuaid via video conference

In an Indiana Business Journal Forefront article, Regenstrief President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Embí, M.D., and Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., explained perquisites that are necessary before COVID-19 community-mitigation measures such as social distancing and business closures can be ended. They provided insights on the data that is needed to make informed decisions that protect the health of the public.

Read the column.

Peter Embi, MD, MS and Shaun Grannis, MD, MS

April 9, 2020

Shaun Grannis, MD, Regenstrief’s vice president for data and analytics, was a presenter in the American Medical Informatics Association’s COVID-19 webinar series. The presentation included experts from various places in the U.S. Dr. Grannis spoke about leveraging health information exchanges to support response to the virus.

WATCH IT HERE.

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April 8, 2020

Shaun Grannis, MD, MS

Regenstrief’s Vice President of Data and Analytics, Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, joined Indianapolis affiliate CBS4 to discuss updated predictions for COVID-19 outcomes in the State of Indiana.

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Regenstrief and Indiana University of Medicine geriatrician Kathleen Unroe, MD, MPA, was live on FOX59 in Indianapolis to talk about challenges related to caring for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis. She spoke about how the symptoms in seniors can present differently and how social distancing presents new complications.

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Dr. Unroe speaks to FOX59 about caring for seniors during COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Nir Menachemi

Regenstrief research scientist Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, provided his public health expertise to WalletHub. He explained the measures that can be taken to protect citizens and the role of leaders and the media in encouraging people to comply with restrictions.

READ HIS ANSWERS HERE.

April 6, 2020

Brian Dixon speaking at Regenstrief Institute

A Politico article states that COVID-19 appears to be hitting minority Americans especially hard, but spotty data collection and publication could prevent resources from getting to the communities most in need. In an interview for the article, Regenstrief and Fairbanks School of Public Health Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, cited gaps in reporting in Indiana. He attributed the under-reporting to manual data entry and pressure to return rapid results.

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April 5, 2020

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, director of public health informatics at Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, provided insight into how the COVID-19 situation in Indianapolis compares to other Midwestern cities. In an interview with the IndyStar, he explained factors that may be influencing the numbers and why it is so difficult to make comparisons.

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Brian Dixon next to COVID-19 statistical chart for State of Indiana

April 3, 2020

Kathleen Unroe next to All IN logo

Regenstrief Institute research scientist Kathleen Unroe, MD, MPH, provided insight into caring for older adults during the COVID-9 pandemic. In an interview with All IN, a show on WFYI radio, Dr. Unroe discussed her experience in the nursing home during this crisis and what facilities are doing to prepare for the possibility of an infection, as well as the importance of advance care planning.

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April 2, 2020

Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, Regenstrief Vice President, Data and Analytics, and Research Scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics, spoke to local affiliate FOX59 about statistical modeling that projects the impact COVID-19 is likely to have in Indiana.

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Dr. Shaun Grannis speaks with Fox59's Russ McQuaid via video conference

March 31, 2020

At a governor’s press briefing about COVID-19, Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box mentioned Regenstrief Institute among the “greatest minds in the state” working to make data publicly available.

Dr. Unroe on caring for older adults during COVID-19 pandemic

Older adults are at an elevated risk from COVID-19. Regenstrief scientist Kathleen Unroe, MD, MPH, and colleagues lay out guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers and family caregivers who are providing care for seniors during the pandemic. Their recommendations are published in the Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine.

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March 30, 2020

Nationally recognized health expert Aaron Carroll, M.D., from Regenstrief Institute vice president for faculty development, has been a major voice on policy. Before many social distancing orders were issued, Dr. Carroll was recommending exactly that action. He’s written articles for, and been interviewed by The New York Times, CNBC, MSNBC, Vox, The Atlantic, Slate and other media outlets.

Regenstrief VP highlights dangerous potential of coronavirus in national news outlets

Regenstrief VP proposes solutions to beat the COVID-19 outbreak

Aaron Carroll, MD appears on MSNBC

March 26, 2020

Shelley Johns, PsyD

Regenstrief researcher and board-certified clinical health psychologist Shelley Johns, PsyD, offers advice on how to deal with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her advice has been featured in Cure Today and Healio.

Read her interview with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Hundreds of people attended a virtual LOINC meeting to address the coronavirus pandemic and use of LOINC codes. LOINC’s work has been featured on Inside Indiana Business, Health Data Management and Indiana Public Broadcasting.

March 23, 2020

LOINC®, a universal medical coding system maintained at Regenstrief Institute, has been a leader in fostering communication during the global COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus was first identified, the LOINC team created universal codes to identify lab tests and results related to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. These codes are crucial to helping public health leaders track cases around the world. LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) coordinated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and reference labs, and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers to create standardized terms to allow health organizations to collect and share results from testing for the virus.

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March 18, 2020

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With the coronavirus now a pandemic, the LOINC team at Regenstrief is working continuously to create new codes to help public health officials around the globe track cases of the virus. Coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and reference labs, and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers, the team has created about two dozen new codes to identify lab tests and results related to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. The codes are part of the LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) terminology system, created and maintained at Regenstrief, that is used around the world to identify laboratory and other health observations.

March 17, 2020

In a New York Times article and several national interviews, Aaron Carroll, M.D., Regenstrief Institute vice president for faculty development and a nationally recognized health expert, expressed his concern about the potential for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system if action is not taken to slow its spread.

READ MORE ABOUT HIS CONCERNS

March 11, 2020

The lack of interoperability in the U.S. healthcare system could add another challenge to coronavirus response. Regenstrief researcher Brian Dixon, PhD, explained to Politico why keeping track of test results will be difficult. Dr. Dixon also spoke to the IndyStar about the importance of testing for the virus and was featured as part of a segment in WISH-TV evening news.

Coronavirus adds new stress to antiquated health record-keeping

Supplies still limit coronavirus testing, which could give incomplete picture of outbreak

February 13, 2020

As part of the global effort to manage and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, two global health standards organizations, Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International, are doing their part to support care teams globally to code and track SARS-CoV-2 testing and COVID-19 cases, and by extension support clinicians and researchers in their efforts to address its containment.

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February 5, 2020

As public health leaders from around the world, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, work to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, a team at Regenstrief Institute, an international leader in health information technology, is providing help to track cases of the illness.