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

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 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

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.

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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.

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.