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Share ideas on how stakeholders can use SDOH and clinical data to manage healthcare capacity before, during, and after COVID-19 surges.

  • What existing methods, data sources, and analytic approaches are being used to assess and monitor health system resilience in private healthcare systems?
  • What kinds of SDOH and clinical data should be prioritized for research and planning on healthcare capacity, access, and resiliency – such as testing predictive models for how many people will suffer symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization, surge planning, and where they will risk overwhelming their local hospitals’ capacity or avoid accessing care?



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Improve data definitions, documentation, and context

Local policymakers and health officials often receive large amounts of data from varying sources, including the federal government. For example, Medicare and Medicaid claims data is a valuable source of data about the health needs of the elderly and the poor. The suppliers of federal data should provide clear information about the limitations and advantages of using different datasets, with robust metadata, definitions, and any clear shortcomings. This will enable local policymakers to...

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Build multisectoral coalitions that can improve data use

To respond to the spread of COVID-19 in New York City, health systems, community-based organizations, and public officials leveraged multi-sectoral coalitions and employed a rapid response strategy. This strategy helped coordinate resources, secure a contracting vehicle to obtain resources, and enable collaboration rather than competition between healthcare systems. HHS and other officials could provide guidelines for these coalitions to improve data collection, use, and sharing, either...

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Define key metrics for disaster planning

Public health officials plan for a variety of disasters, including Infectious diseases, natural disasters, and mass casualty incidents, which all have different sets of metrics needed to measure response. In the case of COVID-19, HHS should better identify the key metrics needed to track government response to this disease, such as access to PPE or ICU bed capacity, and also be able to track and share those metrics to medical responders and policymakers. HHS should first conduct a landscape...

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Tackle the digital divide and rapidly Improve telehealth services

Broadband and strong wifi connectivity are necessary to launch effective telehealth programs and deliver services/training across groups. Telehealth has not only provided additional capacity for clinics that can no longer see people in person but also enabled healthcare professionals to train new volunteer workers remotely, walking them through basic safety and health protocols. HHS should work with partners at the FCC and other relevant agencies to aggregate data about local wifi...

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Measure displacement and impact on non-COVID patients who need hospital access

There is growing evidence that patients who need specialized care will have to be accounted for during health crises like the pandemic that impact health systems. Roundtable participants from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Department of Homeland Security pointed out that county health departments should have an understanding of that patient population and have a response plan to ensure they are able to meet their needs during COVID-19 and future...

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