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Rapid Response to COVID-19: Health Informatics Support for Outbreak Management in an Academic Health System

This on-demand webinar does not offer CE credit.

A JAMIA Journal Club webinar – part of AMIA’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Reeves JJ, Hollandsworth HM, Torriani FJ, Taplitz R, Abeles S, Tai-Seale M, Millen M, Clay BJ, Longhurst CA. Rapid Response to COVID-19: Health Informatics Support for Outbreak Management in an Academic Health System. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2020 Mar 24:ocaa037. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa037. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32208481; PMCID: PMC7184393.

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Jeffery Reeves, MD
Physician Lead, Perioperative Improvement and Informatics
General Surgery, PGY-3
UC San Diego Health


Maryam Zolnoori, PhD
Columbia School of Nursing
Mayo Clinic


Yizhen Zhong
PhD candidate in Computational biology
Northwestern University

Statement of Purpose

Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations across the world worked expeditiously to prepare for and manage the outbreak. In the modern era, a necessary component of outbreak management is effective utilization of the electronic health record (EHR). Technology-based tools can not only support, but also enhance patient care during a pandemic, most obviously through the use of telemedicine. This article was the first to describe in detail the rapid development and implementation of EHR-based tools designed to specifically support the management of COVID-19 as well as associated challenges.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.

Learning Objectives

The general learning objective for all of the JAMIA Journal Club webinars is that participants will

  • Use a critical appraisal process to assess article validity and to gauge article findings' relevance to practice

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Leverage the capabilities of the EHR to support outbreak management
  • Anticipate implementation challenges required by pandemic management while maintaining high-quality non-pandemic related services to the community

Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

Disclosures for this Activity

These faculty, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: 

JAMIA Journal Club presenter: Jeffery Reeves
JAMIA Journal Club planners: Michael Chiang, Yizhen Zhong, Maryam Zolnoori
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein

Type: Webinar
Course Format(s): On Demand