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Remote Monitoring of Patients with Covid-19: Design, implementation, and outcomes of the first 3,000 patients in COVID Watch

To manage a large and heterogenous population of patients with confirmed or presumed Covid-19, but well enough to remain at home, the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) developed COVID Watch, a program to monitor for worsening dyspnea or other concerning symptoms. 

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$2.5 Million Grant Supports Penn Medicine Study of COVID Watch’s Impact on Health Disparities

Penn Medicine ’s COVID Watch team has received a $2.5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the program’s impact, particularly among Black and Latinx patients whose communities have endured significant disparities during the pandemic.

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Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli: Expert Coronavirus Updates with Dr. David Asch | Session 21

As we continue our fight against COVID-19, healthcare leaders and innovators are at the forefront of this battle to ensure we are equipped with the right arsenal to overcome one of the biggest public health crises of our lifetimes.

Dr. David Asch, Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, and his team are among the leaders creating and implementing game-changing innovations during this pandemic. In this podcast, he dives deeply into Penn Medicine’s COVID Watch technology and their COBALT program.

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An ecosystem of innovation fosters tech-based solutions to COVID-19 challenges

COVID Watch provides patients a lifeline so they can get prompt support when needed. “We found that about 15% of COVID-19 patients enrolled in COVID Watch end up needing some kind of support,” says Anna Morgan, “COVID Watch allows us to be able to monitor and check in on 1,000 patients with  a few nurses, so it’s a really efficient model.”

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Going to the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms can be a tough call. This Penn text program makes it easier.

In normal times, many with those [COVID-19] symptoms would head to the emergency room. But with hospitals scrambling to preserve resources for the sickest patients in a pandemic, how should people with COVID-19 decide whether to go? And can they take steps to keep symptoms from getting worse, maximizing their likelihood of being able to stay home?

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Text-based platform helps Penn Medicine watch over COVID-19 patients safely at home

“We are going to have a lot of patients with coronavirus sheltering in place, and we need to give them the reassurance that Penn Medicine is watching over them,” said David Asch, MD, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, reflecting on the thought process behind the tool’s development beginning in early March.

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Some COVID-19 patients aren’t getting better. Major medical centers are trying to figure out how to help.

Dr. Jessica Dine, a lung doctor at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, said she began noticing a subset of COVID-19 patients whose symptoms lingered long after their diagnoses thanks to a hospital program called COVID Watch, a texting service that does daily check-ins with COVID-19 patients at home.

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Penn Medicine checks on self-isolated patients via daily texts

Some Philly medical professionals are now able to keep track of their coronavirus patients who are self-isolating at home through automatic daily texts.

Medical director, Anna U. Morgan MD, explains how COVID Watch keeps track of patients with just a couple of text messages everyday.

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COVIDCast #14 – Rolling out COVID Watch to monitor patients At home

PennHealthX interviews medical director Anna U. Morgan MD about the challenges of implementing COVID Watch, and how patients have been responding.

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