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

November 24, 2020

Babar Khan, M.D., M.S., associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief, explained the cognitive symptoms he has seen in ICU COVID-19 patients.

Watch the FOX59 story

November 20, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., and Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, detailed the public health concerns created by students returning home from college.

WATCH THE WTHR STORY

November 18, 2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Indiana have reached an all-time high. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., discussed the spike and growing concerns about healthcare capacity.

WATCH THE CBS4 STORY

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the usefulness of a risk assessment tool ahead of the Thanksgiving season.

WATCH THE FOX59 STORY

November 17, 2020

In a New York Times Opinion piece, Regenstrief Vice President of Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., explained how schools can be kept open safely, and why it is important to do so.

READ THE ARTICLE

Regenstrief research scientist Kurt Kroenke, M.D., discussed concerns about substance use disorder and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ THE SIDE EFFECTS ARTICLE

November 16, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed his concern about the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases in Indiana.

WATCH THE WRTV STORY

WATCH THE WPTA21 STORY

November 12, 2020

Regenstrief data experts Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., and Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the increasing positivity rate and the need for more testing as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.

WATCH THE WTHR STORY ON COUNTING POSITIVE TESTS

WATCH THE CBS4 STORY ON POSITIVITY RATES

WATCH THE FOX59 STORY ON TESTING

November 10, 2020

Following Pfizer’s announcement about the success of its vaccine trial, Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., is urging caution. He said now that there may be an end in sight, people must continue to take precautions to save lives and lower the infection rate so the virus can be suppressed.

READ THE NEW YORK TIMES OPINION PIECE

 

November 9, 2020

Regenstrief Institute, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and Datavant are supporting the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), a centralized analytics platform to store and study vast amounts of medical record data on COVID-19.

Read about the collaboration

read the health IT analytics article

Regenstrief data experts Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., and Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the factors that go into calculating the COVID-19 positivity rate and what the numbers indicate in interviews with the IndyStar.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS POSITIVITY RATE 

ONE WAY TO LOWER THE POSITIVITY RATE IS MORE TESTING

How to read Indiana’s daily coronavirus dashboard

November 6, 2020

Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., provided perspective on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Indiana.

WATCH THE FOX59 STORY

November 5, 2020

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Indiana has climbed to its highest point so far in the pandemic. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the trend.

WATCH THE CBS4 STORY

November 4, 2020

Research from Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, and her team indicates that using county COVID-19 positivity rates to determine the frequency of testing for nursing home staff may lead to a number of missed infections.

READ THE PUBLICATION

READ THE MCKNIGHTS’S ARTICLE 

November 2, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., explained the trends that experts are monitoring.

Watch the FOX59 story

October 30, 2020

Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., explained the growing COVID-19 case numbers and the effectiveness of masks to WHAS 11.

How effective are masks?

DOES MORE TESTING EQUAL MORE COVID-19 CASES?

Regenstrief research scientist and Probari CEO Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, led training for the Indiana National Guard as soldiers prepare to assist Indiana nursing homes in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read about the effort

WATCH THE WISH-TV STORY

October 29, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the climbing number of COVID-19 cases and why he expects the trend to continue.

WATCH THE WANE STORY

October 28, 2020

IU School of Medicine, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Regenstrief and Parkview Health are leading Project ECHO in Indiana, a new program to support nursing homes in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

WATCH THE FOX59 STORY

WATCH THE WISH-TV STORY

October 20, 2020

Many older adults who survived COVID-19 are experiencing cognitive impairment. Associate Director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Babar Khan, M.D., M.S., discussed what he is seeing in his patients.

READ THE CNN ARTICLE

October 19, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the data experts are monitoring as COVID-19 case numbers increase across Indiana.

WATCH THE WTHR STORY

WATCH THE CBS4 STORY

COVID-19 survivors who spend time in the ICU could face a lengthy recovery. Babar Khan, M.D., M.S., associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, discussed the challenges survivors face.

READ THE STORY from News4jax

Read the story from WMC5

Read the Herald-Times Story

October 18, 2020

COVID-19 cases are spiking across the Midwest. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed what experts expect to see.

READ THE SIDE EFFECTS ARTICLE

October 16, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., provided perspective on the surging COVID-19 cases in Indiana.

WATCH THE WTHR STORY

October 15, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll M.D., M.S., discussed how Halloween trick-or-treating can be a safe activity for kids.

READ HIS NEW YORK TIMES OPINION PIECE

Regenstrief research scientist Shelley Johns, PsyD, discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to an increase in depression and anxiety during the winter months.

READ THE SIDE EFFECTS ARTICLE

October 14, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the latest trends in COVID-19 data.

WATCH FOX59’S STORY

October 9, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., and Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed COVID-19 data modeling and the challenges to predicting case surges.

Read the article in the Indianapolis Business Journal

October 8, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., explained COVID-19 “superspreader” events and what can be done to avoid them.

WATCH THE STORY

October 2, 2020

In a New York Times Opinion article, Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., explained why testing alone was not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the White House.

READ THE ARTICLE

October 1, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the latest COVID-19 spread rate in Indiana.

WATCH THE FOX59 STORY

September 29, 2020

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed what he expects to see now that Indiana has moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan.

READ THE JOURNAL GAZETTE ARTICLE

September 28, 2020

Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, M.D., M.S., is leading the launch of a new app to gather anonymous information on mask-wearing habits. The app utilizes citizen scientists to provide the data.

Read about MaskCount™

WATCH THE STORY FROM WTHR

READ INDIANA PUBLIC MEDIA’S STORY

Read IndyStar’s article

READ INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS’ ARTICLE

Read the Yahoo! article

READ THE MIAMI HERALD ARTICLE

Read WIBC’s story

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, helped to write an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine calling for the modernization of U.S. public health systems to avoid future COVID-19 shortfalls.

READ ABOUT THE ARTICLE

LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW ON ALL IN

September 24, 2020

Indiana is moving into Stage 5 of its reopening plan. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., discussed the data used to make the decision.

WATCH THE STORY

September 17, 2020

Indiana’s COVID-19 spread rate is one of the lowest in the country. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., explained the R-naught calculation to Indianapolis media.

Watch the story

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed COVID-19 testing on college campuses and the decision to return to in-person classes during Indiana Public Broadcasting’s All IN.

LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM

September 15, 2020

In a New York Times Opinion, Regenstrief Vice President Aaron Carroll, M.D., warned that pandemic precautions will be needed well into 2021.

READ HIS ARTICLE

September 11, 2020

The CDC released a new report on COVID-19 and dining at restaurants. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the data and the takeaways from the study to WISH-TV.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW

September 7, 2020

Indiana has confirmed 100,000 COVID-19 cases in the state. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the significance of this number.

Read the IndyStar article

Watch the CBS4 report

September 6, 2020

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, Regenstrief director of public health informatics, discussed the uses of dashboards during the COVID-19 pandemic with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

READ THE INTERVIEW

September 2, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., provided perspective on new statistics and announcements from the CDC to FOX59 and CBS4.

CDC COVID-19 DEATH STATISTICS

COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLANS

August 28, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., wrote in The New York Times Opinion about the tradeoffs that need to be made to make some activities safe again amid COVID-19.

READ HIS COLUMN

August 27, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., discussed the latest CDC guidance on testing for COVID-19.

WATCH THE STORY ON FOX59

August 17, 2020

The FDA recently approved a saliva test for COVID-19. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., M.S., explains how the test could relieve backlogs in laboratories.

Read the WIBC story

August 14, 2020

Dr. Nicole Fowler discusses Alzheimers and COVID

Nicole Fowler, PhD, MHSA, associate director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, addressed how COVID-19 is impacting research in Alzheimer’s and dementia during a Facebook live event with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

WATCH THE DISCUSSION

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon PhD, MPA, discusses some of the challenges the U.S. public health system is facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ THE USA TODAY ARTICLE

August 13, 2020

Dr. Box presentspublic health award for excellence to data dashboard team

Regenstrief Institute received the Indiana State Health Commissioner Award for Excellence in Public Health for its previous and ongoing contributions to promoting and protecting the health of the people in Indiana with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard. State Health Commissioner Kristina Box, M.D., met with the dashboard team members to thank them for their hard work to inform public health officials and citizens.

READ MORE

Indiana has seen several days with more than 1,000 new COVID-19 case reports. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPH, put the trends in perspective.

Read the IndyStar article

Listen to the WTIU/WFIU report

 

August 11, 2020

Dr. Kathleen Unroe and Dr. Josh Vest on partnerships between nursing homes and health systems

Regenstrief research scientists Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH, and Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, discuss how health systems can help better support nursing homes during the pandemic and beyond.

READ THE ARTICLE

August 9, 2020

Data shows that COVID-19 disproportionately affects minorities. Regenstrief research scientist Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, discussed factors influencing this disparity, including economic stability, education, health and healthcare, neighborhood and the built environment, as well as social and community context.

READ THE INDY MIDTOWN MAGAZINE ARTICLE

August 7, 2020

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, Regenstrief director of public health informatics, discusses the recent surge in COVID-19 cases as schools and college campuses begin to reopen.

READ THE INDYSTAR ARTICLE

Classroom

August 6, 2020

Regenstrief research scientists Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH, and Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, discussed the current state of COVID-19 in Indiana and the government’s data-driven response to the pandemic on All In Indiana.

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE

Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH and Brian Dixon, PhD, MPH

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained the importance of contact tracing in the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

WATCH THE CBS4 INTERVIEW

Dr. Dixon on CBS4

August 1, 2020

Dr. Sikandar Khan on FOX59

Recovery from COVID-19 may take an extended period of time for many people. Regenstrief research scientist Sikandar Khan, D.O., explained the lingering effects from the virus.

WATCH THE FOX59 INTERVIEW

Read the IndyStar article

WATCH THE WTHR STORY

Regenstrief research scientist Shelley Johns, PsyD, spoke to WISH-TV about dealing with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ THE INTERVIEW

Dr. Shelley Johns on WISH-TV

July 29, 2020

Caring for seniors

Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, explained how anxiety and depression connected with isolation can compound pre-existing health conditions among seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ THE INDYSTAR ARTICLE

July 28, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., a nationally recognized public health expert, is urging exploration of different COVID-19 testing methods to speed up results.

READ HIS OPINION IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Aaron Carroll writes New York Times opinion piece

July 24, 2020

Mask mandate sign

The State of Indiana instituted a statewide mask mandate. Regenstrief data experts explained how long it will take for the mandate to have an impact on COVID-19 cases.

WATCH THE WTHR INTERVIEW 

READ THE WIBC ARTICLE

WATCH THE WRTV-6 INTERVIEW

July 23, 2020

Case reporting is a big area of focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, has helped to explain the process and the current data.

READ THE INDYSTAR ARTICLE

READ THE POLITICO ARTICLE

Dr. Brian Dixon

July 22, 2020

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

Indiana hit a record high number of COVID-19 cases during the second week of July. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Information Brian Dixon, PhD, MPH, put the numbers in perspective.

Read the IndyStar article 

July 21, 2020

Results from a Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana State Department of Health study on COVID-19 in Indiana were included in a CDC report. Regenstrief and Fairbanks research scientist Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, the study leader, explained the implications.

READ THE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE

READ THE WRTV-6 ARTICLE

READ THE CBS4 ARTICLE

Dr. Nir Menachemi on CBS4

July 20, 2020

Aaron Carroll on NPR

There are a lot of questions surrounding the reopening of schools for the new school year. Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll spoke to NPR about the concerns.

READ THE ARTICLE

July 17, 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D., provided perspective on the COVID-19 trends in Indiana as well as the importance of the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard.

READ THE FOX59 STORY

WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH WISH-TV

 

Shaun Grannis on WISH-TV

Dr. Brian Dixon in EHR Intelligence

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the push for healthcare interoperability. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, spoke about the need for improved public health reporting during the pandemic and in the future.

COVID-19 ACCELERATING INTEROPERABILITY, DATA EXCHANGE, ANALYTICs

EHR OPTIMIZATION, HEALTH IT PROJECTS NEEDED AFTER COVID-19 SURGE

July 16, 2020

Sending COVID-19 patients to nursing homes or rehabilitative facilities could lead to major issues. Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA, spoke about the key role of testing in an interview with MedPage Today.

READ THE ARTICLE

Kathleen Unroe visits with nursing home patient

Dr. Dixon on WRTV6

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, explained the importance of making COVID-19 data available to both public health leaders and the public in an interview with WRTV-6.

WATCH THE STORY

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are starting to increase in Indiana. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, discussed the latest trends with CBS4/FOX59.

WATCH THE STORY

 

Dr. Shaun Grannis on CBS4

Dr. Shaun Grannis on WHAS11

Kentucky has instituted a statewide mask mandate. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, M.D. spoke to WHAS11 in Louisville about the recent COVID-19 trends and the importance of wearing masks.

DATA TRENDS

THE IMPORTANCE OF MASKS

LOINC® recently released its new update, which includes a number of codes related to COVID-19. Content developer David Baorto, MD, PhD, explained — in the Indianapolis Business Journal — why LOINC codes are so important.

READ THE ARTICLE

LOINC releases new healthcare codes to track coronavirus

July 7, 2019

Dr. Brian Dixon on Fox59 discussing COVID-19 cases

Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, provided some perspective on the latest COVID-19 trends across Indiana to the Indianapolis Fox affiliate.

WATCH THE STORY

The Marion County (Indiana) Fair is opening July 11 after being delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, urged people to take precautions if they plan to attend.

WATCH THE STORY

Picture of Marion County Fair

July 1, 2020

Dr. Peter Embi on Side EffectsDr. Sikandar Khan on Side Effects

Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embí, MD, and research scientist Sikandar Khan, DO, joined Side Effects and Indiana Public Broadcasting to discuss the latest COVID-19 developments and how data is being used to inform decisions.

WATCH THE DISCUSSION

June 29, 2020

Regenstrief research scientist Shelley Johns, PsyD, explained ways in which health practitioners can monitor for signs of anxiety and depression in their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH HER INTERVIEW WITH CONTEMPORARY CLINIC®

Dr. Shelley Johns during Contemporary Clinic interview

Dr. Kathleen Unroe with patient

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many areas of weakness within the nursing home system. Probari, Inc., a company led by Regenstrief research scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., is working to address those issues.

READ ABOUT THE WORK FEATURED IN INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

June 28, 2020

As many people spend more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are doing some extra spring cleaning. Regenstrief research scientist NiCole Keith, PhD, spoke about the benefits of house cleaning on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley.

WATCH THE STORY

Dr. NiCole Keith on CBS Sunday Morning

June 24, 2020

COVID-19 has made telehealth very common. Regenstrief research scientist Joy L. Lee, PhD, spoke about the benefits and drawbacks with WISH-TV.

Read the article

Joy Lee, PhD

June 22, 2020

Shaun Grannis, MD, MS

Improved patient matching and data standardization could help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, spoke to HealthIT Analytics about the importance of patient identity management.

READ THE ARTICLE

June 18, 2020

The COVID-19 dashboard on the Regenstrief Institute website now shows data trends from across Indiana in an easy-to-understand, interactive display.

LEARN MORE

Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard displays data trends

Dr. Shaun Grannis on WTHR

New capabilities on the Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard show data trends on the state, region and county level. Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, spoke to Indianapolis media about the trends and what they indicate.

WTHR

FOX59

CBS4 

June 17, 2020

Results from the second phase of the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI/Indiana State Department of Health study of statewide random testing aimed at measuring the spread of the novel coronavirus in Indiana show fewer active infections and a greater number of people testing positive for antibodies. Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH, a Regenstrief research scientist and Fairbanks School of Public Health professor, is the lead scientist.

READ THE RESULTS 

Dr. Nir Menachemi at State press conference on COVID-19

The Indiana State Department of Health announced enhancements to its COVID-19 dashboard, including hospital census and admissions information pulled from data provided by Regenstrief Institute.

STATE DASHBOARD

New zip code-level data shows that Indiana’s poorest neighborhoods have significantly more cases of COVID-19 than richer counterparts. Regenstrief Director of Public Health Informatics Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, explained some of the possible reasons for the disparity to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

READ THE ARTICLE

Brian Dixon speaking at Regenstrief Institute

June 16, 2020

Dr. Alexia Torke speaks about decision making with Fox59

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many visitor restrictions in hospitals. That can make surrogate decision-making on behalf of critically ill patients difficult. Regenstrief research scientist Alexia Torke, M.D., spoke about the challenges on FOX59.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW

Aaron Carroll writes New York Times opinion piece

When can grandparents meet their new grandchild during the COVID-19 pandemic? Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll, M.D., provides a practical strategy in the New York Times.

READ THE COLUMN

June 12, 2020

Associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, Babar Khan, M.D., was interviewed on WFYI’s All IN about the impact a stay in the ICU could have on survivors of COVID-19.

LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION*

*interview begins at 31 minutes

Dr. Babar Khan on All IN

June 11, 2020

Dr. Shaun Grannis interview with FOX59

Public health leaders are closely watching the COVID-19 case numbers after protests across the state. Regenstrief Vice President Shaun Grannis, MD, provided some perspective on what experts are looking for.

INDYSTAR ARTICLE

FOX59 INTERVIEW

June 3, 2020

Regenstrief and its partners have been providing data and expertise to Indiana leaders as the state reopens The partnership was featured in EHR Intelligence.

READ THE ARTICLE

Aaron Carroll, Regenstrief’s vice president for faculty development, has been one of the leading national voices on COVID-19. He spoke to Indianapolis Monthly about the crisis and what comes next.

Read the interview

Diabetes is one of the greatest risk factors for complications from COVID-19. Associate Director of the Regenstrief Center for Health Services Research Michael Weiner, MD, provided insight to WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Dr. Weiner is also associated with the Indianapolis VA Medical Center and Indiana University School of Medicine.

READ THE ARTICLE

MIchael Weiner, MD, MPH

June 1 2020

Regenstrief Vice President for Data and Analytics Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic and The Pew Charitable Trusts wrote a commentary in npj Digital Medicine on how better patient identification could help fight the coronavirus.

Read their commentary

READ BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW ARTICLE

READ MEDPAGE TODAY’S ARTICLE

READ EHR INTELLIGENCE’S ARTICLE

illustration showing covid-19 test tubes being matched with hospital bracelets

May 29, 2020

Aaron Carroll commentary in Mother Jones

Temperature checks are one measure being used to try to identify cases of COVID-19 as the country reopens. Regenstrief Vice President for Faculty Development Aaron Carroll gave his perspective on their effectiveness.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

Listen to the interview

Nir Menachemi

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.

Read her advice

Joy Lee, PhD

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.

RTV6 interview

Fox59 interview

Indystar story

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

Back view of girl holding paddle in a kayak

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.

Watch the story

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.

Watch the interview

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

Peter Embi with graph in background

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.

READ THE INTERVIEW

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

Shaun Grannis, MD, MS

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

Kathleen Unroe

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

READ THE ARTICLE

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.

LISTEN HERE

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.

VIEW THE DASHBOARD

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.

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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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April 30, 2020

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.