Michael Alkire is on a mission. He wants to see public officials use available data to craft better Covid-19 responses and plans to reopen the economy.
Alkire is president of Premier Inc., a Charlotte-based health-care improvement company. Premier works with more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and about 175,000 other providers and organizations. The company is playing an active role in dispersing area-specific data nationwide.
The data is part of a "Covid-19 control tower." Premier’s system compiles and analyzes information from electronic medical records, or EMR, to flag Covid-19 symptoms and alert providers to potential surges. The technology can track this data down to the ZIP code, Alkire said. There are also tools to assess the significance or severity of the virus.
Premier's product is HIPAA-compliant. It removes all personal patient information when compiling the data.