May 27, 2020: One of the stand-out public health issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed is the lack of integration and communication between disparate health systems within states. This has meant that some hospitals have been overwhelmed and under-resourced, while others nearby have had the necessary capacity. The Arizona Surge Line is one of the most innovative public health service coordination efforts we’ve seen, and Charlie Larsen, RN Senior Director at Banner Health in Phoenix, and Angie Franks, Central Logic CEO, join us to discuss this inventive use of technology. We kick off the episode by diving into the genesis of the problem that needed to be solved. From there, we turn our attention to how Arizona has leveraged its HIE information and used it in conjunction with Central Logic’s technology to gain insights into the spread of resources. We round the show off by discussing the importance of interoperability both in the crisis and for the future of public health. Tune in today!
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