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July 2020

Month in Review July 2020

Each month, we round up news stories and publications about work happening at the Acceleration Lab, Center for Digital Health, Nudge Unit, and Way to Health. Want to stay in the know? Subscribe to have the Month in Review sent directly to your inbox.

Top Stories

Toward an equitable society: building a culture of antiracism in health care

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.

Design, implementation, and outcomes of the first 3,000 patients in COVID Watch

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.

Accelerating the delivery of cancer care at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

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. 

Leveraging Twitter in the fight against COVID-19

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.

Increased demand for advanced care planning

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.

We're going live with Roy Rosin

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.

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