What You Should Know:
The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition is a collaborative private-industry response to the novel coronavirus.
Its mission is to save lives by providing real-time learning to preserve healthcare delivery and protect U.S. populations.
Coalition partners include Arcadia.io, athenahealth, Buoy Health, the CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, LabCorp, Leavitt Partners, MassChallenge, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE, Rush University System for Health, Salesforce, University of California Healthcare System and Walgreens.
Healthcare organizations, tech, and non-profits have come together to form the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a collaborative private-industry response to the novel coronavirus. Its mission is to save lives by providing real-time learning to preserve healthcare delivery and protect U.S. populations. Each coalition partner is bringing its unique assets, sharing resources and plans, and working together to support those on the front lines in responding to COVID-19. The nation’s leading experts on pandemics at the strategic, clinical and operational level are also engaged.
Why The COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Was Formed
The global expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic poses complex challenges and requires speed, along with bold and vigilant action responsive to this dynamic situation. This private sector coalition represents a vast resource of data, expertise, capabilities, and insights and will complement federal, state and local government actions.
Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, and several Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty leaders were among the first to coalesce around this effort. These leaders asked MITRE to help coordinate the private sector response and serve as an independent party to facilitate communication, aggregate de-identified data—from clinical insights to resource requirements like beds and ventilators—and coordinate the response across a range of organizations.
Coalition partners include Arcadia.io, athenahealth, Buoy Health, CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, LabCorp, Leavitt Partners, MassChallenge, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, MITRE, Rush University System for Health, Salesforce, University of California Healthcare System and Walgreens.
“The power of convening enables collaboration in ways that ensure the whole is greater than the sum of their parts,” said Dr. John Halamka, president of Mayo Clinic Platform. “In the past 24 hours I’ve seen the best of humanity coming from the coalition.”
5 COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Guiding Principles
All COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition members agree to five principles:
1. Everyone participates for the benefit of the country only—no preferential advantage to anyone.
2. Everyone cooperates and openly shares their plans.
3. Nobody will get paid for coalition work—without exception. Everyone brings their own resources—no money exchanged.
4. Verbal agreements will suffice to get us started.
5. Agree to these terms and conditions and you are in.
Leveraging Evidence-based Data Analytics to Combat COVID-19
“Applying real-time data analytics and best practice guidance to a pandemic can flatten the curve of infection and change its course, as seen with Ebola and H1N1,” said Dr. Jay Schnitzer, MITRE’s chief technology and medical officer. “The business and research communities have mobilized to address COVID-19 and give this data analysis to the healthcare system leaders and public health officials to make evidence-based decisions that can save lives.”
The coalition plans include a resource library that will use data and evidence to inform decisions on:
– Healthy populations—by understanding the effectiveness of community mitigation efforts through various social distancing efforts and taking actions at the community level to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on healthcare delivery
– People at risk of COVID-19 exposure who need diagnostic testing
– Healthcare delivery systems (virtual and physical) with a focus on staff, space and stuff (supply chain)