Company’s Lighthouse initiative provides de-identified data to help support research around pre-existing conditions that impact seniors
MISSISSAUGA, ON – July 9, 2020 – PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market has been selected by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to provide de-identified patient data for the Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS) COVID-19 Registry.
Created by SCCM’s Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, VIRUS tracks ICU and hospital care patterns in near real-time to enable evaluation of safety and observational effectiveness of COVID-19 practices and to determine practice variations across hospitals. VIRUS is a cross-sectional observational study and registry of eligible adult and pediatric patients admitted to a hospital. There is no intervention or patient interaction and only data, de-identified in accordance with HIPAA, will be used for analysis. The registry features a dashboard which tracks data on trends including length of stay in the ICU and mechanical ventilation duration. The registry will also study mortality and health impact post-ICU.
VIRUS will partner with Lighthouse, PointClickCare’s newly formed internal group, with a mission to provide healthcare organizations, government agencies and life sciences companies with de-identified data from older adults. The goal of providing data that specifically represents seniors, a population often considered to be at higher risk for severe illness, is to support research by expanding drug discovery and development. Lighthouse will provide the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry with de-identified data on COVID-19 diagnosed patients, including demographics, vitals, medications and health-related outcomes to help better understand their health post-ICU. PointClickCare will continue to deliver relevant data on COVID-19 patients throughout the study period.
“The Society of Critical Care Medicine is proud to have PointClickCare as a partner in the Discovery VIRUS Registry, as both organizations strive to fulfill a shared mission to improve care for patients with COVID-19 and develop strategies for future outbreaks. We are finding new ways to collaborate, share data and communicate information, moving quickly under unprecedented timelines. These strong partnerships are vital to our success.”said SCCM CEO David Martin, CAE.
Rahul Kashyap, MBBS, MBA of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota serves as principal investigator; along with co-principal investigators Vishakha Kumar, MD, MBA of SCCM and Allen J. Walkey, MD, MSc of Boston University.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented challenges to healthcare systems worldwide, but we live in a more connected world and we must work together and learn from each other’s experiences to help reduce the severity of the impact. This dissemination of aggregated knowledge shared in a single database in a timely manner will be essential for comparative effectiveness studies. It will be a game changer.”said Dr. Kashyap, M.B.B.S., MBA, Mayo Clinic researcher and principal investigator of the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry.
As a leader in advancing senior care, PointClickCare is uniquely positioned to provide insights about the aging population. Through Lighthouse, PointClickCare will share data and insights from its large data set, developed from consenting providers. In addition to SCCM, PointClickCare is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Healthcare Association (AHCA) on COVID-19 research.
“Lighthouse builds on PointClickCare’s commitment to sharing data and insights that drive action for better care, thereby accelerating innovation designed to protect vulnerable populations. We are honored to partner with SCCM and committed to helping shed light on trends in COVID-19 care around the world,”said Mike Wessinger, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PointClickCare.
The Lighthouse project is just one example of PointClickCare’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and arm frontline workers with the tools they need to keep vulnerable populations safe. Additional innovations include the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) solution, a clinical workflow and intelligence solution that helps care teams achieve ongoing resident surveillance focused on infection prevention at the facility or enterprise level. PointClickCare has also deployed a Crisis Response and Readiness solution, broadening access to telehealth services for all customers, and enabling a HIPAA-compliant dialogue between staff and physicians.
“At PointClickCare, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our customers and the heroes at the frontline who are working around the clock to keep the aging population safe. We are proud to participate in the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry and champion for this demographic, especially during this critical time,”said Dave Wessinger, Co-founder and President, PointClickCare.
For more information about the Discovery VIRUS COVID-19 Registry, visit sccm.org/VIRUS. For more information on the PointClickCare Lighthouse solution, click here.
PointClickCare Technologies Inc., helps long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers gain the confidence they need to navigate the new realities of value-based healthcare – achieving preferred status in competitive and shrinking networks, optimizing financial and operational health, attracting and retaining the right staff, and connecting to the right partners and insights needed to effectively manage and mitigate risk. Recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Private Cloud Companies and acknowledged by KLAS Research as Best in KLAS Vendor for Long-term Care, PointClickCare leads the way in creating cloud-based environments where providers, patients, and payers eliminate data silos between care settings, connecting stakeholders to meaningful insights. With a suite of fully-integrated applications powered by an interoperable, mobile friendly, and regulatory- compliant electronic health record and revenue cycle management platform, PointClickCare helps care providers connect and collaborate within their care network. Over 21,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies use PointClickCare today, making it the North American healthcare IT market leader for the LTPAC industry. For more information on PointClickCare’s software solutions, please visit www.pointclickcare.com.
About the Society of Critical Care Medicine
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest nonprofit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that ensure excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy. SCCM’s mission is to secure the highest quality of care for all critically ill and injured patients. Visit sccm.org for more information. Follow @SCCM or visit us on Facebook.