The pandemic has revealed that we need to strengthen surveillance. For example, many experts are predicting that a second wave of Covid-19 will occur in the late Fall or early Winter of 2020. Right now, patients and providers alike are highly vigilant about possible infection. But as current cases subside and routine work restarts, a surge in new cases may initially go undetected.
To increase the likelihood that we’ll see a new wave as it develops, we need novel early-warning surveillance systems to supplement the existing approaches that failed to capture the original emergence of Covid-19 cases.
To this end, Geisinger has partnered with Stanson Health (a Premier company) in the development and deployment of an AI-enabled solution that sifts through volumes of ambulatory, ER, and other provider documentation in real time for unstructured phrases that suggest Covid-19 symptoms such as, “loss of taste,” “trouble breathing,” and hundreds of other phrases that in the course of a return to busy clinical practice might initially go unnoticed.