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Collective's COVID-19 functionality is being offered at no charge for all existing organizations on the Collective network. For organizations not yet participating, Collective's lightweight, rapidly deployable solution will be available at no cost through 2020.
The platform connects patient data via a nationwide network in use by approximately 1,000 hospitals, tens of thousands of providers-including primary care clinics, behavioral health clinics, FQHCs, skilled nursing facilities and other ambulatory providers-as well as every national health plan in the country. The network spans 50 states and covers many ports of entry into the United States.
Collective's unparalleled network and sophisticated, configurable product capabilities are positioned to uniquely offer value to public health agencies and related stakeholders in combating infectious disease outbreaks. The size of our facility footprint allows public health officials to identify and locate individuals across the United States-whether these individuals are already known to be at-risk, or if they present with symptoms that independently indicate they are high-risk. Known risk factors can be integrated from a vast variety of source systems
and pushed directly into provider workflow at the point of care. This information can then be used by highly trained medical professionals to identify those in need of isolation and further assessment.
Public health departments in states and regions where Collective's platform is currently implemented can benefit from COVID-19 functionality almost immediately. For those regions that have not yet adopted Collective, implementation is a fast and lightweight process. And their participation in the Collective network will support the larger care continuum's ability to quickly and effectively manage outbreaks.
Identify - combine information sourced from government agencies with Collective to push exposure history into ED workflows via a Collective notification.
Isolate - notify appropriate public health agency when high-risk individuals appear in a Collective facility. Provide identified information on which individual/facility to enable necessary outreach.
Treat - provide patient care team info including primary care providers, post-acute facilities, and health plan case manager contacts with information about their members at risk for COVID-19 or those who receive a positive diagnosis. Collective's technology allows for a provider to upload a completed PUI form. These forms can be accessed by the appropriate public health agencies. Additionally, they will be available to any provider on the network should a patient who initially screens negative return to a subsequent care facility.
Trace - public health workers can look up a patient's medical history including encounters, diagnoses, facilities visited, care team members and extensive demographic information within the Collective platform. Upon receipt of patient names and/or addresses that have been deemed under investigation for COVID-19, Collective can produce a regular report providing all individuals who may be potential contacts. This includes leveraging data from our extensive demographic database to generate all individuals who live with patients under investigation.
Across the country, ConnectVirginia HIE (the statewide network for the Commonwealth of Virginia) has been working closely with the Virginia Department of Health to push information into the HIE on positive and negative COVID lab results. The data is filtered through Collective and provides information when a patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred from the hospital. This is then used to send information back to the health department, which has a better ability coordinate and identify patients that need extensive treatment or isolation.
The health department has previously had difficulty in both tracing patients and following up with them-due to poor demographic data-so Connect Virginia also helps by collecting this data when the patient is admitted to a hospital. Every health system in the state and 120 EDs are connected to the network, according to an article by Healthcare Innovation.