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About Data Critical

Developer of wireless information systems for mobile healthcare professionals. The company's products include wireless data, handheld computing, and network systems, which enable the delivery of end-to-end customer solutions. The company's StatView System allows nurses to carry a computerized graphic wireless receiver that mimics alarm tones whenever a patient monitor generates an alarm. When the wireless receiver beeps, it displays bed number, patient name, diagnosis, heart rate, and a 6-10 second ECG waveform. By looking at the waveform, nurses can determine the urgency of the alarm. The company's product, RhythmStat XL System, is a portable transtelephonic ECG receiving and reporting system. It receives ECGs directly from a patient's Event Recorder for review, analysis and follow-up. RhythmStatXL works with conventional or cellular phones.

Data Critical Headquarter Location

19820 Northcreek Parkway Suite 100

Redmond, Washington, 98011,

United States


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Access to Care, Data Critical to Achieving COVID-19 Health Equity

Apr 23, 2020

Limited patient access to care has deepened health equity chasms for years, leading to the disparities seen during the COVID-19 crisis, AANP argues. Source: Thinkstock April 23, 2020 - Driving patient access to care and collecting race data about COVID-19 cases and outcomes will be essential to overcoming the health equity issues highlighted during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). As the coronavirus grips the nation, it has become clear that some populations are more affected than others. Last week the CDC began updating its COVID-19 reports with data stratified by race, revealing that black and Latinx patients are more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus. Data from individual states and anecdotal evidence has also confirmed that. This is a key health disparity that warrants addressing, key industry figures including AANP President Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP, FNAP, FAANP, have asserted. “NPs see every day the impact that health disparities have on our patients,” Thomas said in a statement. “The CDC’s recent COVID-19 race and ethnicity data are proof positive that policymakers, health systems and providers must work together — and now — to stop COVID-19’s disproportional impact on communities of color.” AANP, which has been outspoken about expanding scope of practice laws amid the pandemic crisis, emphasized the role that nurse practitioners can play in addressing the health equity issues made apparent during the crisis. Expanding patient access to care will be part in parcel with closing care disparities, and NPs will be instrumental in this. Foremost, AANP called on government policymakers to expand patient access to care in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), areas designated by the federal government as having too few healthcare providers per patient population. These shortages can result in limited patient access to care, which AANP noted can exacerbate health equity issues. AANP called on state governors to lift practice authority limitations to allow NPs to reach patients in HPSAs right now. The organization also remarked on the importance of expanding patient access to care once the COVID-19 spread slows down. “Sadly, the health disparities making the news today aren’t new or specific to COVID-19,” Thomas explained. “NPs have been advocating for decades for changes to help individuals and communities facing added health challenges due to systemic issues with economic insecurity, lack of health care access and the marginalization of minority and underrepresented populations.” Measures should facilitate access to healthcare services that can stem health disparities before they become more dangerous. For example, keeping scope of practice regulations lifted will enable better patient access to care after the virus. This would be an important step in preventing care disparities seen during this current medical crisis. AANP also called for better support for patients trying to access chronic disease management for underlying comorbidities, nutrition services, mental healthcare, and accessible forms of physical activity. An administration task force can be in charge of relegating these care options both during and after the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to address near- and long-term population health goals. Again, improving access to care outside of the coronavirus crisis could prevent some of the medical issues that are now leading to disparities in COVID-19 incidence and outcomes. Finally, AANP underscored the importance of collecting and disseminating race data alongside coronavirus occurrence and outcomes data. This will help medical professionals and public health officials target their intervention strategies to ideally close outcomes gaps. “By adopting our recommendations, we can save lives and dramatically reduce the incidence of chronic conditions,” Thomas concluded. “The time for waiting is over. We need immediate solutions to the disparities ravaging the health of at-risk populations.” Health equity has become a rallying cry across the healthcare industry is recent weeks. Report after report has indicated that black and Latinx patients experience adverse COVID-19 outcomes more frequently than their peers. This is likely because minority patient populations have experienced structural inequities that have limited their access to healthcare services and resulted in higher rates of chronic illness. Those chronic illnesses may ultimately lead to COVID-19 complications. Minority patient populations may also face other social determinants of health that make it more likely for them to contract the virus in the first place. In light of these issues, some medical providers are working to close those gaps. CVS Health, for example, has installed drive-through testing sites in Michigan, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. And in partnership with the National Medical Association, an organization of African American medical providers, CVS Health aims to make community connections and drum up testing access for minority populations. “Our collaboration with CVS Health will help drive more African American community members to rapid COVID-19 testing sites, improving access to necessary care during this crucial time,” said Oliver T. Brooks, MD, president of NMA. “By working together, we can save lives and bring an end to this public health emergency.” Tagged

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