A system calling the “LOINC” System (Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, and Codes) allows researchers, hospitals, governments, insurance companies, and smartphone users to share health data across systems. The Regenstrief Institute from a Midwest state is known around the world. It is playing a key role to help the region find COVID-19. The institute’s work has, in fact, helped the entire globe. In the same siloed health data goes into the same language.
System and COVID-19 Data
In January 2020, Regenstrief is working with its global partners to, therefore, establish codes. They allow COVID-19 data to be sharing across the world.
“In fact, we have gone on to develop these codes,” said Regenstrief President and CEO Dr. Peter Embí, “in fact, we would not have been able to know how quickly how the laboratory tests results were when they showing, and how they were flowing.”
Regenstrief, at home, those researchers who do teach at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health go on to answer the call from the Indiana Department of Health to, moreover, conducting a statewide prevalence study of COVID-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic.
“In fact, the statewide prevalence study was pertinent to the decisions that both the Governor was making as well as local health departments,” said Brian Dixon, Ph.D. He is an associate professor at the Fairbanks School of Public Health and Director of Public Health Informatics for Regenstrief.
“Therefore, we did not really understand how many people at that time were infecting or how far-reaching infection is across the state,” Dixon added “That is really what that early study is providing us. Moreover, it allowed us to look at the penetration of this disease in the population.”
In fact, prior to the pandemic, Dixon did compile numbers on obesity, diabetes, and chronic diseases. He was really offending to COVID-19 numbers becoming political.