COVID-19 resources: Primary Health Networks

Digital Health Guide

The team behind the Digital Health Guide has added new resources to its platform specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the hundreds of existing resources it already covers. These include apps and web-based solutions relating to mental health and physical activity, which will be useful for people dealing with the mental health effects of self-isolation and quarantine.

The Digital Health Guide has recently added support for bundles, which allows health providers to "prescribe" sets of resources to a patient at one time. An example is a bundle created for COVID-19 social isolation, including apps for meditation or mindfulness, mood tracking and a number of reputable information sources.

Users are free to define their own bundles and then quickly prescribe these resources to patients.

Digital Health Guide website

Real-time data

The Victorian government has released a real-time data set tracking COVID-19 in Victoria. It lists how many confirmed cases, how many people have recovered and deaths. It is also tracking the number of people tested.

Other data includes the mode of acquisition of the virus – most from travel overseas or contact with a confirmed case – as well as a breakdown by sex and age group. A very handy graph shows the growth, and reduction, in daily and cumulative cases.

COVID-19 in Victoria

WA Health has also launched a WA health map, providing a graphical representation of COVID-19 case data to give Western Australians a quick impression of the location of cases in the state.

WA heat map

POLAR dashboards

Outcome Health's POLAR system provides population health reporting dashboards to general practices and Primary Health Networks. POLAR has now released COVID-19 dashboards for PHNs to help them plan their responses.

PHNs are tasked with identifying and establishing COVID-19 respiratory clinics. Having real time access to information through a suite of clinical data, including diagnosis, pathology, and demographics allows PHNs to focus resources on the areas or clinics most in need.

The dashboards include geospatial information on where COVID-19 pathology tests are taking place by either practice or postcode as well as SNOMED mapping for individual diagnosis. The data is de-identified at a patient level and broken down into demographic groups, looking at chronic disease profiles, co-morbidities, medications and age ranges.

Outcome Health says a practice version of the report is being released this week.

POLAR website

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: COVID-19

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