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How Phynd Clients are Handling COVID-19
We’ve seen many of our clients take proactive, innovative and in many cases unprecedented steps to tackle the virus. Here’s some bright lights and good news worth reading in this challenging time:
Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the primary teaching hospital of the the UT Southwestern Health Medical School, began driving-through testing for COVID-19 onMonday, March 16. In addition, they have implemented a no visitor policy on their campus, with a few exceptions.
Cedars Sinai has been preparing for a possible patient overflow by putting up tents in parking garages and parking lots. As of March 30th, Cedars Sinai implemented visitor health screenings, which includes a temperature check, to go along with their limited visitor policy.
Yale New Haven Health has set up a call center to answer patients’ questions regarding COVID-19 and to assess patient’s health over the phone or video. These call centers allow patients to get the information they need, without risking exposure to others, should they have the virus. Additionally, YNHH is now providing testing for patients who have COVID-19.
Hospital for Special Surgery has created a list of essential surgeries which identifies surgeries in which any delay could pose a threat to patients' lives or limbs. Additionally, HSS has said that it will make itself available to receive orthopedic cases that other hospitals can no longer handle.
University of Michigan Medicine has begun in-house testing for COVID-19 with same day results. In addition, they have deployed a response program called Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU), opened a 32-bed isolation unit and are offering employees an additional 120 hours of PTO for those that need to quarantine.
Franciscan Health had imposed “no visitor” restrictions, with a few exceptions. In addition, Franciscan began testing patients for COVID-19 the week of March 16th.
Ballad Health has set up an emergency team to manage its response to COVID-19. Ballad’s Corporate Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) will function as the decision maker to make quick and purposeful decisions regarding their supplies and the policies they use to combat the virus across all facilities. Secondly, Ballad has set up a free, 24 hour call center, for patients experiencing mild symptoms and wish to speak with a health care professional.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center will pause all elective surgeries as the virus continues to spread. This strategy aims to preserve overtaxed medical staff and personal protective equipment needed for health care workers combatting the virus.
NewYork Presbyterian has planned to expand their telehealth services, making receiving health care more convenient and accessible to all. As of March 20th, NYP has set up triage tents to screen low-risk patients with symptoms for COVID-19
UC Irvine and UC San Diego are supporting UC Health as they develop their own test. UC San Diego has partnered with 5 diagnostics manufactures to increase their testing capacity for COVID-19 to up to 1,500 tests a day. UCI will soon be implementing in-house testing.
NorthShore University Health System becomes the first Chicago hospital to launch its own COVID-19 in-house testing. NorthShore started developing the test in late January. Their efforts are expected to ease the burden on state labs.
Memorial Healthcare System has set up drive-through testing where certain people will be able to get tested for free. The mission is to offer individuals, specifically those must vulnerable, a solution that provides them with the easiest way to gain access to testing.
Duke Health researchers have found a way to decontaminate N95 respirator masks. Each mask is able to undergo this process 50 times, however Duke will not reuse them more than 30 times in an abundance of caution.
Houston Methodist is now offering their own testing for the novel coronavirus. They began developing their test several months ago. In addition, they have converted hospital surplus space into intensive care units to treat patients with the virus.
UNC Health Care has developed a COVID-19 diagnostic test based on the World Health Organization assay. Use of this test by UNC will enable the state health department lab increase their testing capabilities. UNC Health Care has heightened visitor restrictions, stating no visitors will be allow in any inpatient areas until for further notice. There are a few exceptions.