Raina Merchant, Eugenia South, and Paris Butler provide an actionable framework for health systems to build a lasting culture of antiracism in a piece for the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
In a piece for NEJM Catalyst, David Asch, Mohan Balachandran, David Do, Krisda Chaiyachati, Kathleen Lee, and others discuss how COVID Watch, an automated text-messaging system powered by Way to Health, remotely monitors patients with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 at home and quickly supports worsening patients with human care.
Cancer Care @ Home (CC@H), a project we're working on in partnership with the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation, has enabled hundreds of cancer patients to continue their treatment from home during the COVID-19 pandemic safely. Over seven weeks in late March to April 2020, CC@H saw a 700 percent increase in home infusion referrals for cancer patients. In a piece for NEJM Catalyst, the team breaks down their process to demonstrate that home cancer treatment could replace inpatient and outpatient care, scale quickly, and identify changes in financing to support shifting to the home setting.
Social media platforms can be leveraged to identify trends across the country. With this in mind, researchers from the Center for Digital Health have launched a tool to track self-reported COVID-19 symptoms and real-time sentiment trends on Twitter. The dashboard, created in partnership with the World Well-Being Project, pulls between four and five million coronavirus-related tweets a day using the Twitter API. Users can view confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita, top symptom mentions, changes in language about stress, anxiety, and overall sentiment of the pandemic, and more. The dashboard aims to provide actionable information for patients, providers, health systems, and policymakers. Check out the articles below to learn more about how insights from the dashboard can be applied in the health care space.
It is estimated that one in five adults who develops COVID-19 symptoms will end up in a hospital, and one in 20 may experience respiratory failure requiring a mechanical ventilator. While many Americans put off or forgo filing advanced directives altogether, COVID-19 has pushed the need for these essential documents to the forefront. In a study published in JAMA Network Open, members of our team discuss how directive completion on Penn Medicine's homegrown platform, Our Care Wishes, has increased five-fold since the pandemic hit.
Roy Rosin spoke with Michelle Histand, Director of Innovation at Independence Blue Cross, about innovation in health care, the importance of empathetic design, and programs driving meaningful change in Philadelphia.
- A Nudge Towards Cardiovascular Health: Applications of Behavioral Economics for Primary and Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention, Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
- Major Medical Centers Anxious To Understand Why Some COVID-19 Patients Are Not Improving, International Business Times
- Lower the cost of producing doctors, not just the price of going to medical school, STAT News
- Penn Medicine Emergency Department to Take Part in NIH Opioid Recovery Study, Penn Medicine News Blog
- Web-based platforms provide supporting resources for Penn Medicine staff, Penn Today
- Health Policy and Privacy Challenges Associated With Digital Technology, JAMA Network Open
- Penn Medicine's Virtual Bridge to Opioid Recovery, Penn Medicine News Blog
- Telehealth called a 'silver lining' of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time it might stick, USA TODAY
- Hospital ratings often depend more on nice rooms than on health care, The Washington Post
- The future of medicine means redefining patient care, treatment, and testing, The Boston Globe
- The Cost, Price, and Debt of Medical Education, NEJM Catalyst
- Virtual Case Managers Add Detective Presence That Helps Keep Older Adults Out of Hospital, Penn Medicine News Blog
- As overdose rates rise in Philly's Hispanic community, racial disparities in health care add to the burden, The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Parent Preferences for Pediatric Clinician Messaging to Promote Smoking Cessation Treatment, American Academy of Pediatrics