SADA Teams With HCA Healthcare & Google Cloud on Data Portal to Help Communities Respond to COVID-19

By SADA Says | Cloud Computing Blog

SADA is pleased to announce a collaboration with HCA Healthcare and the nation’s leading healthcare providers to build the National Response Portal running on Google Cloud and bring data together to combat the spread of COVID-19. This open data platform promotes data-sharing about the pandemic, and how it is spreading, to help hospitals and communities prepare and respond.

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“The National Response Portal is unique in the combination of data and technology it will bring  together: a current, accurate picture of the situation ‘on the ground’ at hospitals and clinics, visualized and analyzed against an unprecedented backdrop of relevant datasets. The goal of this collaboration between SADA, HCA Healthcare and Google Cloud is to provide the tools necessary to understand, manage, and end the COVID-19 crisis.” stated Michael Ames, Sr. Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, at SADA.

“COVID-19 presents a unique and significant challenge to healthcare providers, and collaboration and coordination is more important than ever to help ensure the best possible response,” said Dr. Edmund Jackson, HCA Healthcare’s chief data officer. “While COVID-19 has driven us apart physically, we will respond to it by coming together digitally. We are proud to work alongside Google Cloud to create a platform to help address this urgent public health challenge.”

The COVID-19 National Response Portal is intended to enable healthcare providers across the country to safely share and display anonymous, aggregated metrics from hospital systems on a single platform showing a complete and real-time view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data will be submitted each day from hospital systems across the United States and will be focused on metrics such as ICU bed supply and utilization; ventilator supply and utilization; total numbers of positive, negative, and pending COVID-19 test results; and total numbers of healthy patients who have been discharged. The platform will also leverage publicly available datasets, such as data on local shelter-in-place policies, and traffic or mobility patterns, to help shed light on how public behaviors and policies may impact the spread of COVID-19. This effort will not collect or display protected health information.

“Healthcare organizations need access to accurate and timely information around the country to plan for care and respond to COVID-19,” said Philip Moyer, Vice President, Industry Sales at Google Cloud. “We’re proud to team up with HCA Healthcare and SADA in the launch of this important new data resource for care providers on the front lines.”

As a learning health system, HCA Healthcare uses data from approximately 35 million annual patient encounters to improve care through research and innovation. HCA Healthcare, which will provide statistical data from its 184 hospitals, structured in a manner to comply with HIPAA and other applicable restrictions, has invited groups representing approximately 4,000 hospitals across the country to join and share data on the platform.

SADA, HCA Healthcare, and Google Cloud are in the process of sharing additional details and seeking to onboard other hospitals. The platform is expected to go live to the public next week. For more information or to submit hospital data, please contact NationalResponse@sada.com or visit onboarding.nationalresponseportal.com

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