HHS Publishes COVID-19 Hospital Facility-Level Data, CareSet to Host Community FAQ

December 8, 2020

(PRWEB) Yesterday the Federal Government released new hospital COVID-19 capacity data at the hospitals-level. Previously released data about hospital capacity had only been released at the state level. The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided CareSet with early access to the data in order to facilitate the creation of a community Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, detailing how to work with the new dataset. The community FAQ for this data release is hosted by CareSet on GitHub, and invites healthcare professionals, data journalists, and researchers to ask questions and comment at https://bit.ly/COV-PUF-FAQ.

“This data release will allow CareSet and other Data Journalists to report on the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic on each hospital. Previously, this detailed information was available only to local and federal public health officials,” reports Ashish Patel, Chief Growth Officer and Data Journalist at CareSet Journal.The new, more granular, data release aggregates daily hospital reports into a "week at a time" picture in order to protect patient privacy, while still providing a picture of how COVID-19 is specifically impacting hospitals and local communities across the country.

You may view this data at https://bit.ly/COV-PUF. “Social Media continues to promote misinformation about the seriousness of the COVID pandemic. It is easy to disconnect from the negative impacts of COVID-19 if no one you know personally has been seriously ill, says Fred Trotter, CareSet CTO and Editor of the CareSet Journal. “This dataset allows for communities to see how their local hospitals are impacted, which should vividly combat misinformation, and demonstrate the local impact of the pandemic.”According to HHS, with this data release, the picture of how hospitals are impacted by COVID-19 will be revealed on a per-hospital basis, allowing researchers, policymakers, and others to have greater insights into local COVID-19 response efforts.

This time-series data will update weekly, going back to August 1, 2020.With aggregated county or state data, the average across all facilities often masks what is happening at each local hospital. Some hospitals might have additional COVID-19 capacity while others are at or over capacity. Using this new data, the public will have access to hospital-specific COVID-19 numbers to understand hyper-localized community impacts. This new level of transparency and increased access will accelerate COVID-19 insights and understanding.

 The Community FAQ for this data release was developed in collaboration with researchers from the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project, and the COVID Exit Strategy Project.About CareSet SystemsCareSet (https://careset.com) is transforming the way biomedical companies go to market. We believe in getting the best treatments to the right patients quickly and efficiently. We do that by analyzing government data sources, such as Medicare claims data. With CareSet, biomedical companies become better at serving the patient community.

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